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Born I 4061
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Originally dwelt in Dorthonion; later escaped to Brethil
Pronunciation
eme'ldeerr (the final 'r' sound should be pronounced - 'rr' is used here to emphasise this)
Meaning
Uncertain2
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Emeldir

The ‘Manhearted’ wife of Barahir

Beren3
Emeldir
Barahir
Beren
Erchamion

The wife of Barahir and the mother of Beren Erchamion. After the Dagor Bragollach, when Barahir and Beren became outlaws, Emeldir fled from their home in Dorthonion with many of Barahir's household.


Notes

1

Emeldir lived until at least the year I 455, when she would have been 49 year old. This was the year of the Dagor Bragollach in which she led the women and children of Dorthonion to safety in Brethil. She evidently survived the journey, but of her subsequent life in Brethil we have no record.

2

Emeldir's name is not explained, but it seems to contain the old element dír meaning 'man'. This is a clue that Emeldir might be taken from her title 'Manhearted' (or, more precisely, that Emeldir's title 'the Manhearted' was actually a translation of her name). Emel- is not attested as 'heart', so this cannot be stated with certainty, but it would follow a common pattern of English titles representing translations of Elvish names.

3

Presumably Emeldir named her famous and heroic son Beren after her father. The elder Beren is much less well-known than his grandson, and he only receives a passing mention in the index to the published Silmarillion. He was a great-great-grandson of Bëor the Old, being descended from Bëor's younger son Belen.

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