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Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!

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Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu! was a Khuzdul battlecry.



Though the battle-cry was much older, the first recorded use was in the Battle of the Hornburg:

But a small dark figure that none had observed sprang out of the shadows and gave a hoarse shout: Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu! An axe swung and swept back. Two Orcs fell headless. The rest fled.[1]

Later, Gimli gave some variations on the battle-cry: Khazâd! Khazâd! and Khazâd ai-mênu!.


The cry is translated "Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!".[2]

See also:

Appearances in adaptations

Balfor in the video game The Hobbit

1968: BBC Radio's The Hobbit:

Thorin shouts Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu! at the Battle of Five Armies.[3]

1981: BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings:

Gimli simply yells Khazâd! Khazâd! at the battle of the Hornburg.[4]

2002: Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Rings:

Baruk Khazâd! To Battle! is a war-cry used by Gimli prior to the skirmish at Amon Hen.[5]

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Despite the movie's use of Khuzdul lines,[6] no Dwarvish battle-cry is heard at the Battle of the Hornburg, or anywhere else, unless "Yaaaah!" is Dwarvish.

2003: Sierra's The Hobbit

The Dwarf Balfor shouts Baruk-Khazâd upon his release from goblin captivity.[7]

2004: The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring:

Dwarven soldiers will yell, among other phrases, "Baruk Khazâd" and "Khazâd ai-mênu", when ordered to fight.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Players that play with a Dwarf will shout Baruk Khazâd! when doing certain skills.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Helm's Deep"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, 'The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, I: The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age; Of Dwarves
  3. The Hobbit (1968 radio series), "The Cloud Bursts"
  4. The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series), "The King of the Golden Hall"
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game), "Amon Hen"
  6. Ryszard Derdzinski, "Movie Dialogs" at Gwaith i-Phethdain.
  7. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Riddles in the Dark"