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Baruk is a Khuzdul word which means "axes". The corresponding singular is bark. It is another example "broken plurals" in Khuzdul, similar to "khuzd" and "khazâd".[1]

It is possible that "baruk" is actually a genitive case, meaning "axes of <something>" rather than just "axes". The phrase "baruk Khazâd" can be compared to a "construct pair" in Semitic languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 85
  2. Magnus Åberg, Mellonath Daeron: An analysis of Dwarvish, as of 6 September 2010