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'''Scatha''' also known as '''Scatha the Worm''', was a mighty [[Long-worms|Long-worm]] of the [[Grey Mountains]] and one of the greatest [[Dragons]] to infest them of the north. Little is known of Scatha's life, except that he was slain by [[Fram]] son of Frumgar (an ancestor of [[Éorl the Young]]) in the early days of the [[Éothéod]].
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'''Scatha the Worm''' was a mighty [[Long-worms|Long-worm]] of the [[Grey Mountains]] and one of the greatest [[Dragons]] to infest that range of the north.
  
His recovered hoard was the subject of great dispute between the Men of the Éothéod and the [[Dwarves]] of that region, who claimed the hoard as their own. Fram rebuked their claim, and sent them the teeth of the dragon, with the words, "Jewels such as these you will not match in your treasuries, for they are hard to come by." Thereafter there was war between the Éothéod and the Dwarves, a war in which Fram met his end.
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==History==
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Little is known of Scatha's life, except that he possessed a great hoard, stolen from the [[Dwarves]]. He was slain by [[Fram]] son of [[Frumgar]] in the early days of the [[Éothéod]].
  
However this dispute was resolved (we are not told), it seems that Fram's people retained at least some of the hoard, and brought it south with them when they settled in [[Rohan]]. The horn that [[Éowyn]] gave to [[Merry Brandybuck]] after the [[War of the Ring]] many hundred of years later was said to come from it.
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His recovered hoard was the subject of great dispute between the Men of the Éothéod and the [[Dwarves]] of that region, who claimed the hoard as their own. Fram rebuked their claim, and sent them the teeth of the dragon, with the words, "Jewels such as these you will not match in your treasuries, for they are hard to come by." It was rumored that for this insult the Dwarves killed him.  <ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[Appendix A]]'', "The House of Eorl"</ref>
  
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It seems like Fram's people retained at least some of the hoard, and [[Eorl]] brought it south when they settled in [[Rohan]]. The horn that [[Éowyn]] gave to [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry Brandybuck]] after the [[War of the Ring]] many hundred of years later was said to come from Scatha's hoard.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Many Partings]]"</ref>
  
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==Etymology==
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''Scatha'' was a name in the language of the Éothéod, translated into [[Old English]]. The name means "injurer, enemy, robber".<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Wayne G. Hammond]], [[Christina Scull]] (eds.), ''[[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings|Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings]]'', published in [[Wayne G. Hammond]], [[Christina Scull]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', page 762</ref> It is related to modern English "[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/scathe to scathe]".<ref>[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=scathe scathe (v.)] at [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php EtymOnline]</ref>
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==See also==
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* [[:Category:Images of Scatha|Images of Scatha]]
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Revision as of 15:55, 14 June 2012

Jan Pospisil - Fram kills Scatha.jpg
Scatha
Dragon
Biographical Information
TitlesThe Worm
RealmGrey Mountains
Hoarddwarf-treasure, including Merry's horn
AffiliationNone
AppearedThird Age
Deathc. T.A. 2000
Slain byFram
Physical Description
TypeLong-worm
LegsNo
WingedNo

Scatha the Worm was a mighty Long-worm of the Grey Mountains and one of the greatest Dragons to infest that range of the north.

Contents

History

Little is known of Scatha's life, except that he possessed a great hoard, stolen from the Dwarves. He was slain by Fram son of Frumgar in the early days of the Éothéod.

His recovered hoard was the subject of great dispute between the Men of the Éothéod and the Dwarves of that region, who claimed the hoard as their own. Fram rebuked their claim, and sent them the teeth of the dragon, with the words, "Jewels such as these you will not match in your treasuries, for they are hard to come by." It was rumored that for this insult the Dwarves killed him. [1]

It seems like Fram's people retained at least some of the hoard, and Eorl brought it south when they settled in Rohan. The horn that Éowyn gave to Merry Brandybuck after the War of the Ring many hundred of years later was said to come from Scatha's hoard.[2]

Etymology

Scatha was a name in the language of the Éothéod, translated into Old English. The name means "injurer, enemy, robber".[3] It is related to modern English "to scathe".[4]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Many Partings"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull (eds.), Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings, published in Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page 762
  4. scathe (v.) at EtymOnline


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