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Scatha

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Scatha
Biographical Information
Other namesthe Worm
DestroyedMid-Third Age, around Third Age 2000
RealmÉothéod
Physical Description
RaceDragons (Long-worms)
GenderMale

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.

History

Little is known of Scatha's life, except that he possessed a great hoard, perhaps 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." Thereafter there was war between the Éothéod and the Dwarves, a war in which Fram met his end.[1]

How this dispute was resolved we are not told; it seems that 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]

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


Named Dragons
Glaurung · Ancalagon · Scatha · Smaug