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Hazad Longbeard

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Hazad Longbeard
Man
Biographical Information
LocationAgar
BirthSecond Age
DeathSecond Age
Family
ParentageBuldar and Elmar
ChildrenTal-Elmar
Physical Description
GenderMale
HeightShort
Hair colorLong-bearded

Hazad Longbeard was a man living in Agar during the Second Age[note 1], the son of Buldar and Elmar, a woman of the "Fell Folk of the East" who had been taken prisoner by his father, and later wedded.

Hazad married late, due to the admiration he had for his late mother, Elmar. He fathered many children, including Tal-Elmar, which was his seventeenth child.

Along with his youngest son, he delivered the ill message to Mogru of Númenórean ships approaching the land of Agar.

Though he found pride in the number of his descendants, his greatest joy was his beard, long over five feet and, unlike his sons, ruly and close to him all the time. He was described as "short, though, harsh-tongued, heavy-handed and quick to violence". [1]

Etymology

Some analysts have noticed the similarity of Hazad with Dwarvish Khazâd, "Dwarves", and Adûnaic hazad, "seven". The name would then either mean "Dwarf (bearded, smaller one)" or "Seventh child", however, this remains speculation.[2]

Genealogy

Buldar
 
Elmar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HAZAD LONGBEARD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tal-Elmar
 
 

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In a penciled note J.R.R. Tolkien proposed that Buldar should be left out of the tale and Elmar be Hazad's wife.[3]

Notes

  1. The exact timeframe of Hazad's and Tar-Elmar's life is not given, but since the Númenóreans are seen as hostiles in the story, it's possible that it refers to a time after the Shadow fell over the Island, when they started to dominate the natives of Middle-earth; this points to a date around S.A. 1800. See J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Tal-Elmar"
  2. Andreas Moehn, Etymologies of the Atani languages
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Tal-Elmar", note 5