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noun. dark lady

mor (stem“dark, black”) + gwend (“woman, maiden”); [Etym. WEN-] since it shows no -d even in the archaic spelling, it probably contains derivative of WEN-, not WENED- stem and the last element is Ilk. gwen (“girl”).

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feminine name. Dark Maiden

Wife of Húrin and mother of Túrin (S/148), her name was translated “Dark Maiden” (WJ/409), a combination of the element MOR “black” and the suffixal form -wen of gwend “maiden” (SA/mor, wen).

Conceptual Development: In draft notes from the 1910s she was first called ᴱQ. Tiranne (LT2/139), but the earliest Lost Tales themselves, this character was named G. Mavwin (LT2/70). In Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s, her name was revised first to ᴱN. Morwin (LB/22) and then Morwen (LB/104). Her name was N. Morwen in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/23, LR/276). The name Morwen also appeared in The Etymologies (Ety/MOR).

Element in


MOR“black, dark, darkness”
-wen“maiden, *female suffix”
Sindarin [LotRI/Morwen; LT2I/Mavwin; LT2I/Morwen; LT2I/Tirannë; PMI/Morwen; SA/mor; SA/wen; SI/Morwen; UTI/Morwen; VT50/18; WJ/409; WJI/Morwen] Group: Eldamo. Published by



Morwen means "Dark Maiden" in Sindarin (from môr = "darkness, dark, night" and gwenn = "maiden"). Her epithet, Eledhwen, means "Elf-maiden" (from edhel = "Elf" and gwenn = "maiden"); Tolkien also translates it as "Elfsheen", which is a rendeding of Old English ælf-scīene "bright as fairy, of elfin beauty". Both definitions are in reference to her noble bearing.

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