This tells of Hurin’s heroic stand at the
Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the fifth battle in the Wars of Beleriand. He and
stood as the rear-guard and allowed Turgon the time to escape back to
Gondolin. The last man alive on the battlefield after his brother Huor
was killed by an arrow in the eye, Hurin slew a thousand orcs (or
seventy trolls according to which story version) thus earning himself
the name Hurin Trollslayer) before he at last was captured. This deed
is the most renowned of men among elves.
Due to his mother’s (Hareth’s) being the daughter of the chieftain of the house of Haleth and the son of the chieftain of the house of Hador (Galdor or Gumlin, also two different versions) and the wife of the daughter of the chieftain of the house of Beor, later named the house of Hurin, and being the last survivor of all these families (though not by much as the tale says) he is rightfully, at the end, chieftain of all three houses of the Edain.