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Dates
Extant I 472
Location
Dwelt in Dor-lómin
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Served the House of Hador
Settlements
Served in the household of Húrin at the time of the Nirnaeth
Pronunciation
ra'gnirr ('rr' indicates that final r sound is distinctly pronounced)
Meaning
Uncertain1

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Ragnir

A blind servant of the House of Húrin

After Húrin went to war, he left only a few servants in his house: old Grithnir and Gethron, lame Sador and blind Ragnir. When news came to Dor-lómin that the war had turned to the disaster of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Húrin's wife Morwen sent her son Túrin away with Grithnir and Gethron, leaving only Sador and Ragnir, and certain old women, to support her.

Years later, Morwen took her chance to leave her house herself, and escaped to Doriath. At that time Brodda the Easterling ransacked the house and took her servants, so it seems that, if Ragnir survived so long, he would have entered Brodda's service at that time. Of Ragnir's final fate, no story tells.


Notes

1

Ragnir's name is not explained, but in The Etymologies (in volume V of The History of Middle-earth) there's a record of a Sindarin word ragna, meaning 'crooked'. Though the form of this word appears very similar to the name Ragnir, we have no way to know whether it part of the intended meaning. Indeed, in principle the name Ragnir may not have been Elvish at all, and it is at least possible that it derived from the native Mannish tongue of the Men of the House of Hador.

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