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Laer Cú Beleg

Laer cu Beleg by Šárka Škorpíková

Laer Cú Beleg (Sindarin for "Song of the Great Bow") was sung and composed by Túrin Turambar as a lament for the death of his friend Beleg Cúthalion. The song, which echoed out over the Pools of Ivrin, was a release for Túrin after he had murdered Beleg through a terrible misfortune.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

The concept of Túrin composing an elegy for his friend is present since early stages of the legendarium. Appears for first time in The Lay of the Children of Húrin, in which it is called the "Bowman's Friendship", and it is said that the Gnomes remembered it in Nargothrond and was a song used in battles against Morgoth.[2] The same name is given to it in the following versions of the story of the Sketch of the Mythology[3] and the Quenta Noldorinwa.[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Death of Beleg"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin: III. Failivrin", p. 64, vv. 1662-1665
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "II. The Earliest 'Silmarillion' (The 'Sketch of the Mythology')", [Section] 12, p. 29
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Section] 12", p. 124