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A recurrent insulting name given by dark-haired people in [[Middle-earth]] to those with lighter locks. It appeared most prominently among the [[Dunlendings]], who gave it to their hated neighbours, the [[Rohirrim]], who they saw as usurping Dunlending lands. Indeed, the only fragment of the [[Dunlendish]] language to survive is the word meaning 'Strawheads', [[Forgoil]], seen in the quote above.
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{{quote|Death to the Forgoil!  Death to the Strawheads!  Death to the robbers of the North!|Cry of the [[Dunlendings]] as reported by [[Gamling]] at [[Helm's Deep]]}}
  
The [[Men]] of [[Rohan]] were not the only 'Strawheads' in Middle-earth. Long before Rohan even existed, during the [[First Age]], the land of [[Dor-lómin]] was home to the people of the [[House of Hador]]. Like the Rohirrim, these people were noted for their pale hair (indeed, there are suggestions that the Rohirrim may have been descended from them, or at least shared an ancestor). After the [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]], their lands were overrun by dark-haired [[Easterlings]]. It was the [[Easterling]] leader, [[Brodda]], who coined the name 'Strawheads' for the newly conquered people of Dor-lómin.
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'''Strawheads''' was a recurrent insulting name given by dark-haired people in [[Middle-earth]] to those with lighter locks. It appeared most prominently among the [[Dunlendings]], who gave it to their hated neighbours, the [[Rohirrim]], whom they saw as usurping Dunlending lands. Indeed, the only fragment of the [[Dunlendish]] language to survive is the word meaning 'Strawheads', [[Forgoil]], seen in the quote above.<ref>{{TT|III7}}</ref>
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The [[Men]] of [[Rohan]] were not the only 'Strawheads' in Middle-earth. Long before Rohan even existed, during the [[First Age]], the land of [[Dor-lómin]] was home to the people of the [[House of Hador]].<ref>{{S|West}}</ref> Like the Rohirrim, these people were noted for their pale hair (indeed, there are suggestions that the Rohirrim may have been descended from them, or at least shared an ancestor). After the [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]], their lands were overrun by dark-haired [[Easterlings]]. It was the Easterling leader, [[Brodda]], who coined the name 'Strawheads' for the newly conquered people of Dor-lómin.<ref>{{CH|A2}}, List of Names</ref>
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Latest revision as of 16:48, 28 March 2013

"Death to the Forgoil! Death to the Strawheads! Death to the robbers of the North!"
― Cry of the Dunlendings as reported by Gamling at Helm's Deep

Strawheads was a recurrent insulting name given by dark-haired people in Middle-earth to those with lighter locks. It appeared most prominently among the Dunlendings, who gave it to their hated neighbours, the Rohirrim, whom they saw as usurping Dunlending lands. Indeed, the only fragment of the Dunlendish language to survive is the word meaning 'Strawheads', Forgoil, seen in the quote above.[1]

The Men of Rohan were not the only 'Strawheads' in Middle-earth. Long before Rohan even existed, during the First Age, the land of Dor-lómin was home to the people of the House of Hador.[2] Like the Rohirrim, these people were noted for their pale hair (indeed, there are suggestions that the Rohirrim may have been descended from them, or at least shared an ancestor). After the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, their lands were overrun by dark-haired Easterlings. It was the Easterling leader, Brodda, who coined the name 'Strawheads' for the newly conquered people of Dor-lómin.[3]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Helm's Deep"
  2. 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 Children of Húrin, "Appendix 2: The Composition of the Text", List of Names