From The Book of Lost Tales 2: “Turumbar and the Foalókë” (1917), p. 113 ff.

 

Then did Úrin bowed with years and sorrow depart unmolested from Melko's realms and came unto the better lands, but ever as he went he pondered Melko's saying and the cunning web of woven truth and falsity clouded his heart's eye, and he was very bitter in spirit. Now therefore he gathered to him a band of wild Elves, and they were waxen a fierce and lawless folk that dwelt not with their kin, who thrust them into the hills to live or die as they might. On a time therefore Úrin led them to the caves of the Rodothlim, and behold the Orcs had fled therefrom at the death of Glorund, and one only dwelt there still, an old misshapen dwarf who sat ever on the pile of gold singing black songs of enchantment to himself. But had come nigh till then to despoil him, for the terror of the drake lived longer than he, and none had ventured thither again for dread of the very spirit of Glorund the worm. Now therefore when those Elves approached the dwarf stood before the doors of the cave that was once the abode of Galweg, and he cried: 'What will ye with me, O outlaws of the hills?' But Úrin answered: 'We come to take what is not thine.'

[Úrin kills the dwarf Mîm, who curses the gold as he dies.]

And Úrin shuddered, but his folk laughed.

Now Úrin caused his followers to bear this gold to the halls of Tinwelint, and they murmured at that, but he said, 'Are ye become as the drakes of Melko, that would lie and wallow in gold and seek no other joy? A sweeter life shall ye have in the court of that king of greed, an ye bear such treasure to him, than all the gold of Valinor can get you in the empty woods.'

[Úrin and his band convey the golden treasure to the Elven-king's halls. Úrin intends to insult the King by giving him the treasure in payment for such little help as Úrin believes the King gave Turambar and Mavwin.]

Then did men cast down that treasury at the king's feet, uncovering it so that all that court were dazzled and amazed -- but Úrin's men understood now what was forward and were little pleased.

From The Book of Lost Tales 2: “The Nauglafaring(1917), p. 223 ff.

[The story picks up from the preceding tale, above]

 ...in great grief gazed the king upon Úrin as he left the hall, and he was weary for the evil of Melko that thus deceived all hearts; yet tells the tale that so potent were the spells that Mîm the fatherless had woven about that hoard that, even as it lay upon the floor of the king's halls shining strangely in the light of the torches that burnt there, already were all who looked upon it touched by its subtle evil.

Now therefore did those of Úrin's band murmur, and one said to the king: "Lo, lord, our captain Úrin, an old man and mad, has departed, but we have no mind to forego our gain."

Then said Tinwelint, for neither was he untouched by the golden spell: "Nay then, know ye not that this gold belongs to the kindred of the Elves in common, for the Rodothlim who won it from the earth long time ago are no more, and no one has especial claim to so much as a handful save only Úrin by reason of his son Túrin, who slew the Worm, the robber of the Elves; yet Túrin is dead and Úrin will have none of it; and Túrin was my man."

At those words the outlaws fell into great wrath, until the king said: "Get ye now gone, and seek not O foolish ones to quarrel with the Elves of the forest, lest death or the dread enchantments of Valinor find you in the woods. Neither revile ye the name of Tinwelint their king, for I will reward you richly enough for your travail and the bringing of the gold. Let each one now approach and take what he may grasp with either hand, and then depart in peace."

Now were the Elves of the wood in turn displeased, who long had stood nigh gazing on the gold; but the wild folk did as they were bid, and yet more, for some went into the hoard twice and thrice, and angry cries were raised in that hall. Then would the woodland Elves hinder them of their thieving, and a great dissension arose, so that although the king would stay them none heeded him. Then did those outlaws being fierce and fearless folk draw swords and deal blows about the, so that soon there was a great fight even upon the steps of the high-seat of the king. Doughty were those outlaws and great wielders of sword and axe from their warfare with Orcs, so that many were slain ere the king, seeing that peace and pardon might no longer be, summoned a host of the warriors, and those outlaws being wildered with the stronger magics of the king and confused in the dark ways of the halls of Tinwelint were all slain fighting bitterly; but the king's hall ran with gore, and the gold that lay before his throne, scattered and spurned by trampling feet, was drenched with blood. Thus did the curse of Mîm the Dwarf begin its course; and yet another sorrow sown by the Noldoli of old in Valinor was come to fruit.

 

From The Quenta, 14 (c. 1930)

 

But after the death of Turin and Nienor, Hurin was released by Morgoth, for Morgoth thought still to use him; and he accused Thingol of faint heart and ungentleness, saying that only thus had his purpose been brought about; and Hurin distraught, wandering bowed with grief, pondered these words, and was imbittered by them, for such is the way of the words of Morgoth.

Hurin gather therefore a few outlaws of the woods unto him, and they came to Nargothrond, which as yet none, Orc, Elf, or Man, had dared to plunder, for dread of the spirit of Glomund and his very memory. But one Mim the Dwarf they found there. This is the first coming of the Dwarves into these tales of the ancient world; and it is said that Dwarves first spread west from Erydluin, the Blue Mountains, into Beleriand after the battle of Unnumbered Tears. Now Mim had found the halls and treasure of Nargothrond unguarded; and he took possession of them, and sat there in joy fingering the gold and gems, and letting them run ever through his hands; and he bound them to himself with many spells. But the folk of Mim were few, and the outlaws filled with the lust of the treasure slew them, though Hurin would have stayed them, and at his death Mim cursed the gold.

And the curse came upon the possessors in this wise. Each one of Hurin's company died or was slain in quarrels upon the road; but Hurin went unto Thingol and sought his aid, and the folk of Thingol bore the treasure to the Thousand Caves. Then Hurin bade cast it all at the feet of Thingol, and he reproached the Elfking with wild and bitter words. 'Receive thou,' said he, 'thy fee for thy fair keeping of my wife and kin.'

Yet Thingol would not take the hoard, and long he bore with Hurin; but Hurin scorned him, and wandered forth in quest of Morwen his wife, but it is not said that he found her ever upon the earth; and some have said that he cast himself at last into the western sea, and so ended the mightiest of the warriors of mortal Men.

 

From The Silmarillion, Chapter 22, “Of the Ruin of Doriath” (c. 1949?)

 

Then little though he trusted the words of Morgoth, knowing indeed that he was without pity, Húrin took his freedom, and went forth in grief, embittered by the words of the Dark Lord; and a year was now gone since the death of Túrin his son. For twenty-eight years he had been captive in Angband, and he was grown grim to look upon. His hair and beard were white and long, but he walked unbowed, bearing a great black staff; and he was girt with a sword. Thus he passed into Hithlum, and tidings came to the chieftains of the Easterlings that there was a great riding of captains and black soldiers of Angband over the sands of Anfauglith, and with them came an old man, as one that was held in high honour. Therefore they did not lay hands on Húrin, but let him walk at will in those lands; in which they were wise, for the remnant of his own people shunned him, because of his coming from Angband as one in league and honour with Morgoth.

Thus his freedom did but increase the bitterness of Húrin’s heart; and he departed from the land of Hithlum and went up into the mountains.

Thence he descried far off, amid the clouds the peaks of the Crissaegrim, and he remembered Turgon; and he desired to come again to the hidden realm of Gondolin. He went down therefore from Ered Wethrin, and he knew not that the creatures of Morgoth watched all his steps; and crossing over the Brithiach he passed into Dimbar, and came to the dark feet of the Echoriath.

… [Hurin cries to be let into Gondolin, thus letting Morgoth know Gondolin’s location]

As darkness fell Húrin stumbled from the rock, and fell into a heavy sleep of grief. But in his sleep he heard the voice of Morwen lamenting, and often she spoke his name; and it seemed to him that her voice came out of Brethil. Therefore when he awoke with the coming of day he arose, and went back to the Brithiach; and passing along the eaves of Brethil he came at a time of night to the Crossings of Teiglin.

…[Hurin finds Morwen mouring Túrin and Nienor in Brethil. She dies in his arms.]

Now Húrin crossed over Teiglin and passed southwards down the ancient road that led to Nargothrond; and he saw far off to the eastward the lonely height of Amon Rûdh, and knew what had befallen there. At length he came to the banks of Narog, and ventured the passage of the wild river upon the fallen stones of the bridge, as Mablung of Doriath had ventured it before him; and he stood before the broken Doors of Felagund, leaning upon his staff.

Here it must be told that after the departure of Glaurung Mîm the Petty-Dwarf had found his way to Nargothrond, and crept within the ruined halls; and he took possession of them, and sat there fingering the gold and the gems, letting them run ever through his hands, for none came nigh to despoil him, from dread of the spirit of Glaurung and his very memory. But now one had come, and stood upon the threshold; and Mîm came forth, and demanded to know his purpose. But Húrin said: “Who are you, that would hinder me from entering the house of Finrod Felagund?”

Then Mîm in great fear besought Húrin to take what he would, but to spare his life; but Húrin gave no heed to his prayer, and slew him there before the doors of Nargothrond. Then he entered in, and stayed a while in that dreadful place, where the treasures of Valinor lay strewn upon the floors in darkness and decay; but it is told that when Húrin came forth from the wreck of Nargothrond and stood again beneath the sky he bore with him out of all that great hoard but one thing only.

Now Húrin journeyed eastward, and he came to the Meres of Twilight above the Falls of Sirion; and there he was taken by the Elves that guarded the western marches of Doriath, and brought before King Thingol in the Thousand Caves.

…Húrin made no answer to the King, but drew forth from beneath his cloak that one thing which he had taken with him out of Nargothrond; and that was no lesser treasure than the Nauglamír, the Necklace of the Dwarves, that was made for Finrod Felagund long years before by the craftsmen of Nogrod and Belegost, …“Receive thou thy fee,” he cried, “for thy fair keeping of my children and my wife!

…[Melian tells Hurin the truth about how well Thingol tried to protect Turin, Morwen, and Nienor]

And hearing the words of Melian Húrin stood moveless, and he gazed long into the eyes of the Queen; and there in Menegroth, defended still by the Girdle of Melian from the darkness of the Enemy, he read the truth of all that was done, and tasted at last the fullness of woe that was measured for him by Morgoth Bauglir. …Then he turned away, and passed out from the Thousand Caves, and all that saw him fell back before his face; and none sought to withstand his going, nor did any know whither he went. But it is said that Húrin would not live thereafter, being bereft of all purpose and desire, and cast himself at last into the western sea; and so ended the mightiest of the warriors of mortal Men.

But when Húrin was gone from Menegroth, Thingol sat long in silence, gazing upon the great treasure that lay upon his knees; and it came into his mind that it should be remade, and in it should be set the Silmaril.

 

From The War of the Jewels, “The Wanderings of Húrin” (c. 1954-59), pp. 252 ff.

 

Great wonder and dread fell on the land when it was noised in Hithlum that the Lord Húrin had returned.  The Easterlings were dismayed, fearing that their Master would prove faithless again and give back the land to the Westrons, and that they would be enslaved in their turn.  For watchmen had reported that Húrin came out of Angband.

     ‘There was a great riding,’ they said, ‘of the black soldiers of Thangorodrim over Anfauglith, and with them came this man, as one that was held in honour.’

     Therefore the chieftans of the Easterlings dared not lay hands on Húrin, and let him walk at will.  In which they were wise, for the remnant of his own people shunned him, because of his coming from Angband, as one in league and honour with Morgoth; and indeed all escaped captives were held in suspicion of spying and treachery in those days, as has been told.  Thus freedom only increased the bitterness of Húrin’s heart; for even had he so wished, he could not have roused any rebellion against the new lords of the land.  All the following that he gathered was a small company of the homeless men and outlaws that lurked in the hills; but they had done no great deed against the Incomers since the passing of Túrin, some five years before.

     Of Túrin’s deeds in Brodda’s hall Húrin now learned from the outlaws the true tale; and he looked on Asgon and his men, and he said: ‘Men are changed here.  In thraldom they have found thrall hearts.  I desire no longer any lordship among them, nor elsewhere in Middle-earth.  I will leave this land and wander alone, unless any of you will go with me, to meet what we may.  For I have no purpose now, unless I find chance to avenge the wrongs of my son.’

     Asgon and six other desperate men were willing to go with him; and Húrin led them to the halls of Lorgan, who still called himself the Lord of Hithlum.  Lorgan heard of their coming and was afraid, and he gathered other chieftans and their men in his house for defense.  But Húrin coming to the gates looked on the Eastrons in scorn.

     ‘Fear not!’ he said.  ‘I should have needed no companions, if I had come to fight with you.  I am come only to take leave of the lord of the land.  I have no liking for it any more, since you have defiled it.  Hold it while you may, until your Master recalls you to the slave-tasks that fit you better.’

     Then Lorgan was not ill-pleased to think that he would so soon and easily be rid of the fear of Húrin, without crossing the will of Angband; and he came forward.

     ‘As you will, friend,’ he said.  ‘I have done you no ill, and have let you be, and of this I hope you will bring a true tale, if you come again to the Master.’

     Húrin eyed him in wrath.  ‘Friend me not, thrall and churl!’ he said.  ‘And believe not the lies that I have heard: that I have ever entered into the service of the Enemy.  Of the Edain am I and so remain, and there shall be no friendship between mine and yours for ever.’

     Then hearing that Húrin had not after all the favour of Morgoth, or forswore it, many of Lorgan’s men drew their swords to put an end to him.  But Lorgan restrained them; for he was wary, and more cunning and wicked than the others, and quicker therefore to guess at the purposes of the Master.

...[Húrin and his men leave Hithlum; he is trying to reach Gondolin]

Nonetheless he had need of help; for he had never lived in the wild, whereas the outlaws were long inured to the hard life of hunters and gatherers, and they brought with them such food as they could, though the Fell Winter had much diminished their store.  Therefore Húrin said to them: ‘We must leave this land now; for Lorgan will leave me in peace no longer.

...[Húrin decides to abandon his companions and seek Gondolin alone]

Asgon said to Húrin: ‘Whither shall we go now, lord? Beyond this ford the ways east are too perilous for mortal men, if tales be true.’

‘Then let us go to Brethil, which is nigh at hand,’ said Húrin. ‘I have an errand there. In that land my son died.’

So that night they took shelter in a grove of trees, first outliers of the Forest of Brethil on its northern border only a short way south of the Brithiach. Húrin lay a little apart from the others; and next day before it was light he arose while they slumbered deep in weariness, and he left them and crossed the ford and came into Dimbar.

...[Hurin goes in search of Gondolin alone, but cannot find the entrance. He heads back to Brethil after hearing the call of Morwen in his sleep. Meanwhile, Asgon and the rest had entered Brethil, and were taken to Hardang the Lord, who was suspicious of them because they came from Hithlum, which is under the sway of Morgoth]

‘I see that you will not speak of all that you know,’ said Hardang. ‘So be it. I must judge as I see; but I will be just. This is my judgement. Here Túrin son of Húrin dwelt for a time, and he delivered the land from the Serpent of Angband. For this I give you your lives. But he scorned Brandir, right Chieftain of Brethil, and he slew him without justice or pity. Therefore I will not harbour you here. You shall be thrust forth, whence you entered. Go now, and if you return it will be to death!’

...[Asgon and the others are escorted out. The northern guard who first captured them returns their weapons to them, but warns them:]

I beg you, do not enter Brethil again, for if you do, we may feel constrained to obey the word of Hardang that has now gone out to all the marches: to slay you at sight.’

...[Asgon and the other resolve to wait on the borders of Brethil for Hurin to show up. The story ends incomplete before we discover the fate of Asgon and the rest of Hurin's outlaw band.]