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Haldad

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Haldad
Adan
"Haldad" by Peter Xavier Price
Biographical Information
PositionLeader of the Haladin
LocationThargelion
LanguageHalethian
BirthF.A. 315
Thargelion
DeathF.A. 375 (aged 60)
Battle of the Gelion-Ascar stockade
Notable forUniting the Haladin
Family
ChildrenHaleth & Haldar (twins)
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Haldad

Haldad was a Man of the Second House of the Edain, and the first person to unite the Haladin since their settlement in southern Thargelion.

He was said to be a brave, strong man, and was most famous as the father of Haleth.

History

During the early years after they crossed the Blue Mountains, the Haladin dwelt happily in Caranthir's lands in Thargelion. They lived a scattered, pastoral existence until one day a swarm of Orcs descended on them, without warning, out of the Blue Mountains to the east.

Until that time, the Haladin had no single leader, but upon the coming of the orc-assault Haldad, a man of renown among his kin, took on the role. He gathered what remnant he could of his people, and built a defensive stockade between the rivers Gelion and Ascar, south of Sarn Athrad. There the Orcs besieged them until their food was exhausted. Haldad led a sortie against the attacking Orcs, and was slain; his son Haldar rushed to recover his father's body, and was slain in turn.

Haldad's death was not in vain; Haldad's daughter Haleth led the Haladin through another week of starvation and siege until Caranthir's army appeared out of the north, and drove the attacking Orcs to their deaths.[1]

Etymology

The name Haldad is a Halethian name, meaning "watch-dog".[2]

Genealogy

HALDAD
F.A. 315 - 375
Haleth
F.A. 341 - 420
Haldar
F.A. 341 - 375
Haldan
F.A. 366 - 451
Halmir
F.A. 390 - 471
Haldir
F.A. 414 - 472
Hundar
F.A. 418 - 472
Hareth
b. F.A. 420
Hiril
unknown

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: I. The Wanderings of Húrin", p. 270