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Revision as of 12:53, 4 November 2012

Telchar
Dwarf
Biographical Information
LocationNogrod
Physical Description
GenderMale

Telchar was a Dwarf of Nogrod in the Blue Mountains, and one of the greatest smiths in the history of Middle-earth.

History

Telchar was trained by Gamil Zirak, another great smith.[1] Among his works were Angrist (the knife that freed the Silmaril from the Iron Crown),[2] Narsil (the sword of Elendil, later reforged for Aragorn as Andúril),[3] and the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin.[1]

Etymology

It is not defined whether the name Telchar is Sindarin or Khuzdul. The formation seems to suggest to be Sindarin since the digraph ch is not used in Khuzdul.[4]

Jim Allan notes a resemblance to the Telchines of Greek mythology, a mythological race of divine craftsmen.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)", The Departure of Túrin
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Pronunciation of Words and Names", "Consonants"
  5. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, p. 89