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Ulfang

Ulfang
Easterling (First Age)
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"Ulfang" by Liz Danforth
Biographical Information
Other names"Ulfang the Black"
PositionChieftain of Easterlings
LocationAround the March of Maedhros
AffiliationMorgoth
BirthFirst Age
Family
ChildrenUldor, Ulfast and Ulwarth
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Ulfang

Ulfang the Black was an Easterling chieftain.

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History

After entering Beleriand at Morgoth's bidding, Ulfang and his sons Ulfast, Ulwarth, and Uldor joined the service of Caranthir. They were given lands to dwell in the north and south of the March of Maedhros.[1] Ulfang was secretly in the employ of Morgoth, and his sons betrayed the Eldar and Edain during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[2]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
ULFANG
b. F.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uldor
d. F.A. 472
 
Ulfast
d. F.A. 472
 
Ulwarth
d. F.A. 472
 


Etymology

Ulfang was probably not his true name, as it seems to be Sindarin for "Ugly Beard": ul- ("ugly") and fang ("beard").[3]

Other versions of the legendarium

Even though Ulfang was the instigator of the betrayal of the Easterlings he is not mentioned to have taken part in the battle and it is noted that his son Uldor was the leader of the treason. It is unknown if he was alive or dead by the time of the Nirnaeth or still alive after. In the appendix of The Lost Road and Other Writings in The Genealogies, it states that Ulfand (earlier form of Ulfang) was born in the year 100, and died in 170. When comparing the dates with its associated text The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Ulfand died two years before the battle which started at 172.[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. Paul Strack, "S. Ulfang m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 21 December 2019)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Appendix: I. The Genealogies"