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The '''Broadbeams''' were one of the seven houses of the [[Dwarves]]. They presumably lived in the city of [[Belegost]] in the [[Ered Luin]] during the [[First Age]]<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]'', "[[Of Dwarves and Men]]", though this is an assumption based on the word-order</ref> and later the southern Ered Luin.
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[[File:Ben Wootten - Broadbeam dwarf.png|thumb|A Broadbeam dwarf by Ben Wootten]]
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The '''Broadbeams''' were one of the seven houses of the [[Dwarves]]. They were originally paired with the [[Firebeards]]. The ancestor of the Broadbeams was among the oldest (together with the ancestors of the [[Firebeards]] and [[Longbeards]]) of the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves.<ref>{{PM|Dwarves}}, p. 301</ref>
  
==History==
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The Broadbeams (with the Firebeards) awoke in [[Mount Dolmed]] in the [[Blue Mountains]], and lived there throughout the history of their people.<ref>{{PM|Dwarves}}, p. 301</ref>  
The Broadbeams were paired with the [[Firebeards]], when they were awakened by [[Eru Ilúvatar]] under [[Mount Dolmed]] before the First AgeThey became prosperous in their great city of Belegost, trading with the Firebeards in the South, and also with the [[Sindar]] and [[Noldor]] of [[Beleriand]], as well as the newly-appeared race of [[Men]].
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Though unstated as to which kingdom was theirs, they built and dwelled in either or maybe both the great Dwarven cities of [[Nogrod]] and [[Belegost]] before their ruining in the [[War of Wrath]].  
  
The Broadbeams were some of the greatest smiths and craftsmen in Middle Earth second only to the [[Dwarves of Nogrod]].  They invented ringed mail, and also helped build the cities of [[Nargothrond]] and [[Menegroth]] for the Elves. 
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
  
In the [[Nírnaeth Arnoediad|Battle of Unnumbered Tears]], the heavily-armoured Broadbeams, with their fearsome iron masks (which was a customary thing to wear in battle for their House), held off the [[Dragon]] [[Glaurung]], as the sons of [[Fëanor]] retreated south to [[Ossiriand]].  During the battle, their Lord, King [[Azaghâl]] was killed by Glaurung.  But not before wounding the dragon with a dagger in the stomach.  Glaurung screamed in pain and fled, with many of the forces of [[Morgoth]] following him.  Forgetting the battle, the Broadbeams then picked up their fallen ruler and taking slow steps marched home singing in a low dirge with no enemy daring to come near.
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'''2002-5: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game]]'':'''
 
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: The House corresponding to the Broadbeams is called '''Linnar's Folk''', said to reside mainly in the Iron Hills during the late Third Age.<ref>{{D|M}}</ref>
The old kingdom of the Broadbeams came to a close in the [[War of Wrath]] with the breaking of the Ered Luin and the destruction of Beleriand, which sank beneath the waves.  Belegost was ruined and the city of the Firebeards, [[Nogrod]], was totally destroyed, sinking into the sea with much of the Ered Luin.  Some of the Dwarves stayed to build or rebuild new halls and mines, but most left for [[Khazad-dum]], home of the [[Longbeards]] swelling its numbers and bringing much craft and lore.
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==See also==
 
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*[[Dwarves of Belegost]]
In the [[Third Age]] it seems that the Broadbeams parted ways with [[Durin's folk]] with the Firebeards, after the awakening of the [[Durin's Bane]], and headed back to the Ered Luin.  Where some remnants of their people were still living working the mines, and where it was a safe and peaceful.
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During this age also the Broadbeams more than likely answered the call of Durin's folk in their great mustering for the eventual [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]].
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Revision as of 06:05, 27 February 2013

A Broadbeam dwarf by Ben Wootten

The Broadbeams were one of the seven houses of the Dwarves. They were originally paired with the Firebeards. The ancestor of the Broadbeams was among the oldest (together with the ancestors of the Firebeards and Longbeards) of the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves.[1]

The Broadbeams (with the Firebeards) awoke in Mount Dolmed in the Blue Mountains, and lived there throughout the history of their people.[2] Though unstated as to which kingdom was theirs, they built and dwelled in either or maybe both the great Dwarven cities of Nogrod and Belegost before their ruining in the War of Wrath.

Portrayal in adaptations

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

The House corresponding to the Broadbeams is called Linnar's Folk, said to reside mainly in the Iron Hills during the late Third Age.[3]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 301
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 301
  3. Mike Mearls, Chris Seeman (2003), Moria
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