Sindarin, 'Tears Unnumbered' (also simply the "Nirnaeth" ['tears']).
This is the name given to the ruinous fifth and last of the great battles in
the Wars of Beleriand, or more properly the fourth day of that conflict on
the desert of Anfauglith. In this battle the Noldor and their allies the
Edain--having renewed their determination and having had a string of military
successes--purposed the final overthrow of Morgoth, but were themselves
Their previous victories had, in fact, been their
downfall, as Morgoth--both by stealth observation and treachery--was
alerted to their strength, number and tactics. At the Nirnaeth, Huor
(father of Tuor), captaining the self-sacrificing Men of Dor-lómin, the
Men of Brethil, Azaghâl of the Dwarves, the Elves of Nargothrond led
by Gwindor son of Guilin, and Fingon High King of the Noldor, were
all slain. The realms of the sons of Fëanor were spet away for ever, Mithrim
and Dor-lómin overrun, and the Havens of Eglarest and Brithombar sacked.
The Havens of Sirion became a refuge for those that survived for but a short while,
before the World was Changed, Morgoth thrown out, and Beleriand lost beneath
It was in this battle that Húrin was captured to further the designs of
Morgoth, who wanted to get Húrin alive because there were rumors that he
had once visited the secret hidden citadel of Gondolin. Indeed Húrin had
once visited that place, but but he swore not to tell anyone where it lies.
Morgoth tortured and cursed him and his kind and sat him on a hill from
which Húrin was forced to see all that happened to his son Túrin(*)
and his wife Morwen without being able to move or to close his eyes.
After Túrin and Nienor's deaths Morgoth released Húrin.
(*) - N.B. You will remember that Túrin Turambar and Nienor
Níniel were both placed under the spell/curse of Glaurung, and afterwards
fell incestuously in love. Imagine a father's grief at having to see that.
Tears Unnumbered, indeed.