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'''Bard the Bowman''' (died c. [[Third Age]] 2977), was a man of [[Lake-town]], and later the restored [[King of Dale]].  
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'''Bard the Bowman''' (died [[Third Age]] 2977), was a man of [[Lake-town]], and later the restored [[King of Dale]].  
  
 
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Robert Ireland and [[Ruth S. Noel]] provide [[Celtic]] origins, ''bárd'' ("guardian") and ''bard'' ("poet").  
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Robert Ireland and [[Ruth S. Noel]] provide [[Celtic]] origins, ''bárd'' ("guardian")<ref>Robert Ireland, [http://www.quicksilver899.com/Tolkien/LOTR/LOTR_AC.html Lord of the Rings Dictionary, A - C]</ref> and ''bard'' ("poet").<ref>[[Ruth S. Noel]], ''[[The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth]]'', "The Languages of Rhovanion"</ref>
  
 
However, the language of Dale tends to be translated into [[Old Norse]], not Celtic. In other Germanic names (such as [[Isembard Took|Isembard]]), ''bard'' refers to ''beard''. This could be either the facial hair, or more likely ''"Battle-Axe"'' (''beard'' is also a term for a part of an axe).
 
However, the language of Dale tends to be translated into [[Old Norse]], not Celtic. In other Germanic names (such as [[Isembard Took|Isembard]]), ''bard'' refers to ''beard''. This could be either the facial hair, or more likely ''"Battle-Axe"'' (''beard'' is also a term for a part of an axe).
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Revision as of 16:06, 12 January 2011

This article is about the character in The Hobbit. For the the King of Dale in the Fourth Age, see Bard II.
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Bard I
Man
Biographical Information
DeathT.A. 2977
Physical Description
GenderMale
"Arrow! Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well!"
― Bard[1]

Bard the Bowman (died Third Age 2977), was a man of Lake-town, and later the restored King of Dale.

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Life

Bard served as a soldier in Lake-town, and was one of the most skilled archers among Men. He was the heir of Girion, the last king of old Dale. Bard was able to slay the Dragon Smaug with a single arrow after a tip from the old thrush (who had overheard Bilbo Baggins' description of Smaug) revealed an unarmoured spot on the Dragon's underside. Because of his miraculous shot he was given the epithet "the Bowman".

Bard claimed a twelfth of the treasure amassed by the dragon, which he subsequently shared with the Master of Lake-town to rebuild the town. However, the Master stole the money and ran off into the wild where he died. Four years later, after the rebuilding of the city, Bard became the first King of restored Dale.

Etymology

Robert Ireland and Ruth S. Noel provide Celtic origins, bárd ("guardian")[2] and bard ("poet").[3]

However, the language of Dale tends to be translated into Old Norse, not Celtic. In other Germanic names (such as Isembard), bard refers to beard. This could be either the facial hair, or more likely "Battle-Axe" (beard is also a term for a part of an axe).

Genealogy

Girion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BARD I
 
 
 
 
 
Bain
 
 
 
 
 
Brand
 
 
 
 
 
Bard II
 


See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
  2. Robert Ireland, Lord of the Rings Dictionary, A - C
  3. Ruth S. Noel, The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth, "The Languages of Rhovanion"
Preceded by:
Girion, 174 years earlier
King of Dale
T.A. 29442977
Followed by:
Bain