Silmarillion Character Profile: Túrin

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles.

  • Name: Túrin Turambar
  • Immediate Family:
  • Home: Beleriand
  • Claim to fame: Túrin is by far the most tragic character Tolkien ever wrote about. Despite always trying to do the right thing (and being an enemy of Morgoth), his was an unhappy life.
  • Why I think he’s interesting: Honestly, Túrin is somewhat maddening. He never relies on the counsel of the people who love him–he always has to do what he thinks is best. And it never ends well.

Photo Credit: Alex Ristea

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