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The '''Broadbeams''' were one of the seven clans of the [[Dwarves]], living in [[Belegost]] in the [[Ered Luin]] during the [[First Age]].
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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>
  
The Broadbeams were paired with the [[Firebeards]], who lived in the Northern part of the Ered Luin when they were awakened by [[Eru Ilúvatar]], before the First AgeThey were prosperous in their great city of Belegost, trading with their kinsmen in the South, and also with the [[Sindar]] and [[Noldor]] of [[Beleriand]], as well as the newly-appeared race of [[Men]].  The Broadbeams were a more friendly clan than their northern kinsmen the Firebeards, who were a more greedy and selfish clan.
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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>  
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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 [[Nauglamír]], a jeweled necklace and one of the most beautiful treasures ever crafted in Arda, was made by the Broadbeams.  The Broadbeams also helped build the city of [[Nargothrond]] for the Elves.  Another famous item was the [[Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin]], which was made by the famous dwarf-smith, [[Telchar]].
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
  
In the [[Battle of Unnumbered Tears]], the heavily-armoured Broadbeams, with their fearsome iron masks, held off the [[dragon]] [[Glaurung]], as the sons of [[Fëanor]] retreated south to [[Ossiriand]].  During the battle, their great 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 leader and marched home.  
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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 rebuild what they could of their ancient halls, but many left to go to [[Khazad-dum]], home of their kinsmen the [[Longbeards]].
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==See also==
 
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*[[Dwarves of Belegost]]
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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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