The History of Middle-earth \ House of Bëor Part II

In the reign of Boromir as Lord of the House of Bëor, great grandson of Bëor, the Bëorians were granted Ladros in Dorthonion (ruled by Finrod’s brothers Angrod and Aegnor) as a feifdom of their own by the House of Finarfin which they inhabited until the Dagor Bragollach in 455 when Dorthonion and Ladros included were swept away by Morgoth’s offensive and Boromir’s grandson Bregolas, the third Lord of Ladros was slain, leaving the leadership of the ruined house to his brother Barahir.

I was looking through Description of Númenor in Unfinished Tales looking up the bit about Aranrúth for something totally unrelated, when I found this absolute gem in one of the footnotes:

The King’s sword was indeed Aranrúth, the sword of Elu Thingol of Doriath in Beleriand, that had descended to Elros from his mother. Other heirlooms there were beside: the Ring of Barahir; the great Axe of Tuor, father of Eärendil; and the Bow of Bregor of the House of Bëor.

I almost screamed, because THAT’S SO COOL I DID NOT KNOW THAT!!!!!! BREGOR IS MY FAVORITE THAT’S REALLY EXCITING!!!!! Also, now I’m wondering who held onto that bow for all those years and brought it to Númenor. Maybe it was Erendis’ relatives?

House of Bëor fancasts

Boromir - Daniel Southern

Rimwen (OC - Unnamed in Canon) – Caroline Faber

Bregor – Eoin Macken

Andreth – Bridget Regan

Beril – Jessica Brown Findlay

Andreth. Wise woman of the House of Beor. She was the daughter of Boromir. Andreth had two siblings: an elder brother named Bregor and a younger sister named Beril.  

  Andreth fell in love with a young Elf named Aegnor who came from Dorthonion.  Since at that time a marriage between an Elf and a man was a thing unheard of, Aegnor decided that he would not marry Andreth because he was immortal and she was not.  Andreth and Aegnor parted forever on the shores of Tarn Aeluin.  Andreth was left devastated by his decision.  In her life, Andreth neither married nor had children.
Fic: The Debate of Bregor and Aegnor

Summary: Bregor discovers that Andreth is carrying on a secret relationship with Aegnor, and misunderstandings ensue.

Characters: Bregor, Andreth, Beril, Aegnor, Angrod

Notes: I finally wrote something with a pairing in it, and it’s…still not even the main focus of the story, but oh well. I love everyone in the House of Beor, and even though lately most of my attention has been devoted to later generations, these guys are also really awesome.

Barahir, Lord of the House of Beor?

To be honest, I’m pretty confused too. So, here’s the situation: Barahir was the second son of Bregor, previous lord of the House of Beor. So when his father died Barahir’s brother Bregolas became lord. Barahir had a son, and Bregolas had two, so both brothers had heirs. Yet, when Bregolas dies in the Dagor Bragollach, the next line in the Silmarillion reads:

Barahir was now by right lord of the house of Beor, and he returned to Dorthonion.

It’s not even like Bregolas’s sons weren’t young enough to lead - they were fully grown when their father died. Hoping to find some explanation, I took a look at the “Grey Annals”, an older more timeline-based account of the First Age. Interestingly, I found that nowhere in the “Grey Annals” is Barahir named lord of the House of Beor. Instead it’s said simply that “Barahir returned to Dorthonion to save what he could of the people of Beor.” The “Grey Annals” does include the fact that it was Barahir’s wife, Emeldir, who lead the refugees of Dorthonion to safety in Brethil and Hithlum, though.

The next time we see Barahir, in either version of the tale, is as leader of the few outlaws who remained in Dorthonion to fight Morgoth’s servants - a group that included Barahir’s son Beren as well as Bregolas’s two sons. In both the Silmarillion and the “Grey Annals” it’s clear that Barahir is the leader of the outlaws. But this makes sense, honestly. Even though Bregolas’s older son Baragund should be lord of the House of Beor, Barahir was still the older and more experienced leader. In the absence of a more structured leadership, as well as, you know, the people they should actually have been leading, it makes sense that the line of succession was set aside.

So, in the end, I’ve basically decided that the line in the Silmarillion naming Barahir lord was probably an addition made by Christopher Tolkien. One of his main editorial priorities with the Silmarillion was linking together fragmented bits of story that his father had written more fully, while filling in the blanks between such bits. It’s possible that he thought the connection between Beor the Old, Barahir, and Beren wasn’t clear or strong enough in the original text, and so thought naming Barahir lord of the House of Beor would help the reader. When in actuality it seems to me that, after Bregolas died, there was no lord of the House of Beor, since that society no longer really existed as an independent group. From this point out whatever survivors there are live among their allies and relatives in the houses of Haleth and Hador. In fact, the closest thing they had to a lord at this point would have been Barahir’s wife, Emeldir.

SOURCES: The Silmarillion, The Histories of Middle Earth vol. 11 (”The Grey Annals”)
Fic: Vale of Sorrow

Summary: At Bregor’s wedding, Andreth considers her own future.

Pairings: Bregor/OFC, background Aegnor/Andreth 

Characters: Andreth, Bregor, Beril, Original Characters

Notes: The follow-up of sorts to The Debate of Bregor and Aegnor, which I’ve been working on for far too long. It gave me an opportunity to briefly introduce the OCs for Bregor’s wife, Beril’s future husband, and Boron’s wife, as well as more quality sibling time for Boromir’s kids.