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"Sons of Marach" by Juliana Pinho
Biographical Information
Other namesAradan
Titles2nd Chieftain of the House of Marach
LanguageMannish dialect
BirthF.A. 307
DeathF.A. 398 (aged 91)
HouseHouse of Marach
SpouseZimrahin Meldis
ChildrenAdanel and Magor
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Malach

Malach Aradan (F.A. 307-398[1]) was the son and heir of Marach of the Third House of the Edain, and the ancestor of the House of Hador and its descendants. [2]


Malach was the son of Marach and older brother of Imlach. He had settled with his folk in Estolad, with the people of Bëor.

The kings of the Noldor welcomed the Edain and in response many young men took service with kings and lords of the Eldar. Malach himself left Estolad for Fingolfin's realm of Hithlum, where he spent fourteen years (F.A. 322-336) with the Elves, he learned to speak Sindarin, and was given the name Aradan[2] (Sindarin for "Noble Man"[3]).

After his time in Hithlum, Aradan married Zimrahin in 337, who took the Sindarin name of Meldis and became the father of Adanel and Magor[1]. Aradan led many of the people of the Third House further west. Some (following Aradan's son, Magor) moved into the vales of the southern slopes of the Ered Wethrin.[2]


F.A. 282 - 376
307 - 398
b. 310
b. 339
b. 339
b. 341
b. 337
b. 374
b. 365


Aradan was the name given to Malach in Hithlum when he went to serve the Kings of the Noldor. The name means "Noble Man" in Sindarin (from ara- = "noble" and adan = "Man").[2]

Other Versions of the Legendarium

Originally it was Hador Lórindol who led the people of the third house of the Edain across the Ered Luin into Beleriand; when this was changed so that Marach became the earliest leader then Malach was added to the ancestors of Hador.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", Commentary, (ii) The House of Hador
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"