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Dírhaval (left) in "The Lay of the Children of Hurin" by Juliana Pinho
Biographical Information
LanguageTaliska, Sindarin
DeathF.A. 538
Third Kinslaying
Notable forcomposing Narn i Chîn Húrin
HouseHouse of Hador
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Dírhaval

Dírhaval or Dírhavel was a Man of the House of Hador who lived among the exiles and refugees at the Havens of Sirion during the closing century of the First Age, at the time of Eärendil.

[edit] History

Dírhaval was known as a poet, though he only produced a single poem. Drawing on the knowledge and memories of the people of Doriath, Dor-lómin, and other lands of Beleriand that were gathered at the Mouths of Sirion, he wrote Narn i Chîn Húrin ("Tale of the Children of Húrin"), telling the story of Morgoth's curse on Húrin's children Túrin and Nienor. It was written in Sindarin, in which he had great skill, and it was the longest of all the lays to come out of Beleriand.

Dírhaval did not write other poems or lays, as the Silmaril captured by Beren and Lúthien was in the keeping of Elwing: soon the Sons of Fëanor launched an attack on the exiles in the Havens of Sirion to claim it. Dírhaval was one of those who fell in the Third Kinslaying.[1][2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)", "Notes", p. 146
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: II. Ælfwine and Dírhaval", pp. 311, 313