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The '''Gwaith-i-Mírdain''' was a brotherhood formed by [[Celebrimbor]] and the other master craftsmen of [[Eregion]] in the [[Second Age]] and their capital was [[Ost-in-Edhil]]. They stood close to the [[Dwarves]] of [[Khazad-dûm]] and their [[mithril]] mines. They cooperated for about a thousand years, and their rare friendship was the closest between [[Elves]] and Dwarves in history. Celebrimbor helped to construct the famous and magical [[West-gate of Moria]]. They were said to be the most talented artisans to have worked since the time of [[Fëanor]] himself (who was Celebrimbor's grandfather).  
 
The '''Gwaith-i-Mírdain''' was a brotherhood formed by [[Celebrimbor]] and the other master craftsmen of [[Eregion]] in the [[Second Age]] and their capital was [[Ost-in-Edhil]]. They stood close to the [[Dwarves]] of [[Khazad-dûm]] and their [[mithril]] mines. They cooperated for about a thousand years, and their rare friendship was the closest between [[Elves]] and Dwarves in history. Celebrimbor helped to construct the famous and magical [[West-gate of Moria]]. They were said to be the most talented artisans to have worked since the time of [[Fëanor]] himself (who was Celebrimbor's grandfather).  
  
Their skill was subverted by [[Sauron]], in the guise of [[Annatar]] the "Lord of Gifts" in {{SA|1200}}, who focused their abilities on forging the [[Rings of Power]] in {{SA|1500}}. Celebrimbor presented King [[Durin III]] with [[Ring of Thrór|a Ring of Power]]. The Rings were completed in {{SA|1590}}, when Sauron betrayed them and forged the [[One Ring]]. However the Gwaith realized his plan and denied to hand him their Rings, resulting in the [[War of the Elves and Sauron]]. Eregion was devastated and the survivors of the Gwaith retreated to [[Rivendell]]
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[[Sauron]] after failing with [[Gil-galad]] and [[Elrond]], targeted the Gwaith. In the guise of [[Annatar]] the "Lord of Gifts" in {{SA|1200}} he presented himself as an agent of the [[Valar]] and taught them how to forge the [[Rings of Power]]. The Gwaith were easily tempted since they wanted to bring to [[Middle-earth]] the joys of Valinor<ref>{{S|V}}</ref><ref name="131">{{L|131}}</ref>. The Rings would prevent or slow the decay of the mortal world, preserve what is desired or loved and also enhance the natural powers of a possessor even if that would mean disrupting the natural course of the mortal world.<ref name="131"/><ref>{{L|181}}</ref><ref>{{L|154}}</ref>
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The Gwaith together with "Annatar" made several rings in {{SA|1500}}. Celebrimbor presented King [[Durin III]] with [[Ring of Thrór|a Ring of Power]]. When Annatar had left (actually for [[Mordor]]) about {{SA|1590}} Celebrimbor made the [[Three Rings]]<ref>{{FR|I2}}</ref> partly using the teachings of "Annatar".
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Then Sauron betrayed them and forged the [[One Ring]]. However the Gwaith realized his plan and denied to hand him their Rings, resulting in the [[War of the Elves and Sauron]]. Eregion was devastated and the survivors of the Gwaith retreated to [[Rivendell]]
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
Gwaith-i-Mírdain means "Brotherhood of Jewel-smiths" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[gwaith]]'' = "host, people" and ''[[mírdan]]'' = "jewel-smith").
 
Gwaith-i-Mírdain means "Brotherhood of Jewel-smiths" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[gwaith]]'' = "host, people" and ''[[mírdan]]'' = "jewel-smith").

Revision as of 14:03, 27 September 2010

The Gwaith-i-Mírdain was a brotherhood formed by Celebrimbor and the other master craftsmen of Eregion in the Second Age and their capital was Ost-in-Edhil. They stood close to the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm and their mithril mines. They cooperated for about a thousand years, and their rare friendship was the closest between Elves and Dwarves in history. Celebrimbor helped to construct the famous and magical West-gate of Moria. They were said to be the most talented artisans to have worked since the time of Fëanor himself (who was Celebrimbor's grandfather).

Sauron after failing with Gil-galad and Elrond, targeted the Gwaith. In the guise of Annatar the "Lord of Gifts" in S.A. 1200 he presented himself as an agent of the Valar and taught them how to forge the Rings of Power. The Gwaith were easily tempted since they wanted to bring to Middle-earth the joys of Valinor[1]Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title. The Rings would prevent or slow the decay of the mortal world, preserve what is desired or loved and also enhance the natural powers of a possessor even if that would mean disrupting the natural course of the mortal world.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title[2][3]

The Gwaith together with "Annatar" made several rings in S.A. 1500. Celebrimbor presented King Durin III with a Ring of Power. When Annatar had left (actually for Mordor) about S.A. 1590 Celebrimbor made the Three Rings[4] partly using the teachings of "Annatar".

Then Sauron betrayed them and forged the One Ring. However the Gwaith realized his plan and denied to hand him their Rings, resulting in the War of the Elves and Sauron. Eregion was devastated and the survivors of the Gwaith retreated to Rivendell

Etymology

Gwaith-i-Mírdain means "Brotherhood of Jewel-smiths" in Sindarin (from gwaith = "host, people" and mírdan = "jewel-smith").


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