Son of Bregor, son of Boromir, son of Boron, grandson of Bëor. Father of Beren. Married Emeldir.
|The sons of Finarfin bore most heavily the brunt of the assault, and Angrod and Aegnor were slain; beside them fell Bregolas lord of the House of Bëor, and a great part of the warriors of that people. But Barahir the brother of Bregolas was in the fighting further westward, near to the Pass of Sirion. There King Finrod Felagund, hastening from the south, was cut off from his people and surrounded with small company in the Fen of Serech; and he would have been slain or taken, but Barahir came up with the bravest of his men and rescued him, and made a wall of spears about himl and they cut their way out of the battle with great loss. Thus Felagund escaped, aand returned to his deep fortress of Nargothrond; but he swore an oath of abiding friendship and aid in every need to Barahir and all his kin, and in token of his vow he gave to Barahir his ring. Barahir was now by right lord of the House of Bëor, and he returned to Dorthonion; but most of his people fled from their homes and took refuge in the fastness of Hithlum.
|Of the Ruin of Beleriand, The Silmarillion
Following his deeds in the DagorBragollach, Barahir became an outlaw in Dorthonion, until he was forced to send his wife and the remnants of their people away. He fought on until he had only twelve companions:
Barahir had chosen to fight with the Noldor against Morgoth, and he paid for this decision with his life. By joining himself with the Noldor, he also placed himself under the Doom of Mandos, including the part about treachery. Sauron lured Gorlim to his old house with a vision of his wife as bait in his trap. When brought before Sauron, Gorlim falters, and agrees to reveal the secret hiding places of Barahir and his company in exchange for being able to live free with his wife again. After the betrayal is complete, Gorlim goes to join his wife-- in death. Sauron sends his armies to destroy the outlaws; they are murdered save Beren, who was away hunting. Beren rescues the Ring of Barahir from the orcs, and continues on his father's work against the creatures of Morgoth, until fate leads him to Doriath.
Finrod's ring, subsequently known as Ring of Barahir, was passed on through the remainder of the first age, through the entire second and third ages by the Kings of Numenor, the Kings of Arnor, the finally the Chieftains of the Dúnedain. Aragorn received this ring as an heirloom from Elrond, and gave it to Arwen when they plighted their troth.
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