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Bark, pl. baruk, is a Khuzdul word which means "axe".

It is another example of "broken plurals" in Khuzdul, similar to "khuzd" and "khazâd".[1]


Root *B-R-K

It is possible that baruk is also a genitive case, meaning "axes of <something>" rather than just "axes". The phrase baruk Khazâd can be compared to a "construct pair" in Semitic languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic.[2]



  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 85
  2. Magnus Åberg, Mellonath Daeron: An analysis of Dwarvish, as of 6 September 2010
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 296