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Reviewer: erunyauve Signed [Report This]
Date: November 14, 2013 - 04:01 am
Title: Lalaith (Urwen)

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.

Author's Response:

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.


Reviewer: Himring Signed [Report This]
Date: November 04, 2013 - 12:08 pm
Title: Lalaith (Urwen)

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.



Author's Response:

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!

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