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[[File:Daniel Falconer - Blacklock dwarf.png|thumb|A Blacklock dwarf by Daniel Falconer]]
 
[[File:Daniel Falconer - Blacklock dwarf.png|thumb|A Blacklock dwarf by Daniel Falconer]]
The '''Blacklocks''' were one of the seven houses of the [[Dwarves]] that dwelt in the mountains of the [[East]]. They were paired with the [[Stonefoots]].<ref>{{PM|X}}, pp. 301, 322 (note 24)</ref>
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The '''Blacklocks''' were one of the seven houses of the [[Dwarves]] that dwelt in the mountains of the [[East]]. They were originally paired with the [[Stonefoots]].<ref>{{PM|X}}, pp. 301, 322 (note 24)</ref>
  
 
It is possible that the Blacklocks were among the "''Houses of other Fathers''" who sent troops to help [[Durin's folk]] in the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]].<ref>{{App|A3}}</ref>
 
It is possible that the Blacklocks were among the "''Houses of other Fathers''" who sent troops to help [[Durin's folk]] in the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]].<ref>{{App|A3}}</ref>

Latest revision as of 18:20, 30 August 2012

A Blacklock dwarf by Daniel Falconer

The Blacklocks were one of the seven houses of the Dwarves that dwelt in the mountains of the East. They were originally paired with the Stonefoots.[1]

It is possible that the Blacklocks were among the "Houses of other Fathers" who sent troops to help Durin's folk in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.[2]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The unnamed Dwarven tribes were given invented names in an early supplement.[3] While these were published before the publication of Tolkien's late note on the name of the Dwarven houses of the East, it has been suggested that the Blacklocks could correspond to Drúin's Tribe (as portrayed in MERP).[4]

2002-5: The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game:

The House corresponding to the Blacklocks is called Var's Folk, said to wander the lands of the East and South. Their beards are "black as coal and thick as wire, often left tangled ad unkempt".[5]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", pp. 301, 322 (note 24)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  3. R. Mark Colburn, Peter C. Fenlon, John D. Ruemmler, Terry K. Amthor, Jessica M. Ney (1989), Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls (#8004)
  4. Thomas Morwinsky, "A Brief History of the Dwarven Mansions", in Other Minds issue 4 (July 2008)
  5. Mike Mearls, Chris Seeman (2003), Moria
Dwarven Clans
Longbeards Firebeards Broadbeams Ironfists
Stiffbeards Blacklocks Stonefoots Petty-dwarves