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Definitely one of the sadder stories of the legendarium. (I mean, everyone dies in the Silm, but when kids die, that's a little different.) I was wondering if her birth name had any significance. I did not find a definition for 'Urwen' - it would appear to be something like 'fire maiden', which doesn't seem to mean anything special to her story.
Very good question. I did mean to try to find out but ran out of time. I may ask a couple of the language experts about it. I did not find any discussion on a very cursory glance around the sources.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting. This is more sad for me because there have always been a lot of children around me. I also recall my great grandmother idealizing a child she lost at that age as being the sunniest and prettiest of all her children. The incident does have a ring of veracity to it/ Particular in relation to Hurin's family, good things are rare and cut off abruply.
It is so easy to forget that initial sadness because Tolkien afterwards continues to pile on the horrors.
But in itself, it is so poignantly told.
Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment!
Oh, my! It was quite something for me to recall Lalaith's story (the death of a happy three-year-old!) as a bright spot. Pretty much sums up The Children of Hurin for me! I should re-read it to see if I can find some other minor points that are something other than relieved tragedy.
I liked Hurin as a husband and a father in that segment--showing heartbreak at the loss of his daughter and such a lovely, heroic good-bye to little Turin before he leaves for the N.A. He appreciated Morwen as a confidant and leader and not just a wife. But, poor little Turin!