Balcmeg

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Balcmeg
Orc
Biographical Information
LocationGondolin
AffiliationMelko
DeathSlain by Tuor during the Fall of Gondolin
Gondolin
Physical Description
GenderMale

Balcmeg was an Orc slain by Tuor in Gondolin.[1]

History[edit]

Balcmeg was considered to be "a great fighter among the Orclim".[2]

During the Fall of Gondolin, Balcmeg was among those Orcs which assailed the Gondothlim alongside the Balrogs at the coming of the Drakes. Balcmeg was ultimately slain by Tuor, who hewed him asunder with his axe, Dramborleg, in the process.[3]

Etymology[edit]

Balcmeg is a Gnomish name meaning "heart of evil",[4] being comprised of the element Balc ("evil, cruel").[2] Its Qenya form was Malkamekte.[5]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

Balcmeg never appeared within any of Tolkien's writing after "The Fall of Gondolin" in The Book of Lost Tales.

See also[edit]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Index", entry "Balcmeg"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", entry "Balcmeg"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "III. The Fall of Gondolin", p. 181
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings", in Parma Eldalamberon XV (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 21
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Alphabet of Rúmil & Early Noldorin Fragments", in Parma Eldalamberon XIII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 105