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Firebeards

Firebeards
People
Warren Mahy - Firebeard dwarf.png
"Firebeard dwarf" by Warren Mahy
General Information
LocationsMount Dolmed, either Belegost or Nogrod or both, Khazad-dûm[1], Blue Mountains
AffiliationBroadbeams
LanguagesKhuzdul, Sindarin
MembersEither Azaghâl or Telchar and Gamil Zirak

The Firebeards were one of the seven houses of the Dwarves. They were originally paired with the Broadbeams. The ancestor of the Firebeards was among the oldest (together with the ancestors of the Broadbeams and Longbeards) of the Seven Ancestors of the Dwarves.[2]

The Firebeards (with the Broadbeams) awoke in Mount Dolmed in the Blue Mountains, and lived there throughout the history of their people. These two houses built the great Dwarven cities of Nogrod and Belegost in the Blue Mountains, and dwelt in them before their ruining in the War of Wrath. It is not clear whether they shared the two cities or whether each house dwelt in its own.[3] In an earlier version of the legendarium the two cities are clearly inhabited by separate houses; however, Belegost is said to be the home of the Longbeards.[4]

In the Second Age, around the year 40,[5] the Firebeards and Broadbeams who lived in Nogrod and Belegost left the destruction behind and came to Khazad-dûm, increasing its wealth and power.[6]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2002-5: The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game:

The House corresponding to the Firebeards is called Úri's Folk, said to being "instantly recognizable by the fiery hue of their beards". After the destruction of Nogrod, some of Úri's Folk went to join the Longbeards at Khazad-dûm, while others delved new halls in the southern Ered Luin.[7]

[edit] See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", pp. 301, 322 (note 24)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Nauglafring"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  7. Mike Mearls, Chris Seeman (2003), Moria
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