Rite of Sigin-tarâg

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"Rite of Sigin-tarâg" is a concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Rite of Sigin-tarâg was the Dwarven test of strength and endurance in Khazad-dûm. The Rite of Sigin-tarâg was invented by Amazon Studios for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

History

The rite was the Dwarven test of endurance that was said by Durin IV to be fashioned by the Ainu who created the Dwarves, Aulë himself. Presumably, the rite was used in the days since Durin the Deathless founded Khazad-dûm.

Late in the Second Age, Elrond invokes the rite in order to gain leave to enter Khazad-dûm. Once he reached the chamber of the test, the crown began chanting while a horn signaled the commencement of the rite as the Prince entered the chamber ending the chanting when he shouted "Khazad" with the crowd responding with "dûm". Durin precedes to explain the terms and conditions of the test to Elrond. The two competitors will both smash huge rocks with great hammers. Should the challenger forfeit or tire, they will be exiled from all Dwarven lands. Should the challenger endure, then they will be granted a single boon.

After many hours of smashing rocks, Elrond's hammer breaks, but he forfeits rather than being given a new hammer to continue. He then requests that Durin personally escorts him out.

Etymology

Sigin-tarâg is a Khuzdul word, meaning "Longbeards", from sigin ("long") and tarâg ("beards").[1]

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