Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!

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Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu! was a Khuzdul battlecry.

History[edit | edit source]

Though the battle-cry was much older, the first recorded use was in the Battle of the Hornburg:

But a small dark figure that none had observed sprang out of the shadows and gave a hoarse shout: Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu! An axe swung and swept back. Two Orcs fell headless. The rest fled.[1]

Later, Gimli gave some variations on the battle-cry: Khazâd! Khazâd! and Khazâd ai-mênu!.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The cry is translated "Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!".[2]

See also:

Appearances in adaptations[edit | edit source]

Balfor in the video game The Hobbit

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Thorin shouts Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu! at the Battle of Five Armies.[3]

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Gimli simply yells Khazâd! Khazâd! at the battle of the Hornburg.[4]

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Baruk Khazâd! To Battle! is a war-cry used by Gimli prior to the skirmish at Amon Hen.[5]

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Despite the movie's use of Khuzdul lines,[6] no Dwarvish battle-cry is heard at the Battle of the Hornburg, or anywhere else.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (video game):

During the "Hornburg Courtyard" stage, Gimli shouts Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu! while fighting off an oncoming force of Uruk-hai.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

The Dwarf Balfor shouts Baruk-Khazâd upon his release from goblin captivity.[7]

2004: The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring:

Dwarven soldiers will yell, among other phrases, "Baruk Khazâd" and "Khazâd ai-mênu", when ordered to fight.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Players that play with a Dwarf will shout Baruk Khazâd! when doing certain skills, while Stout-axe characters shout both Baruk Khazad! and Khazad ai-menu!.

2011: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North:

Farin shouts Baruk khazâd and khazâd ai-mênu during combat. Other dwarves from Nordinbad also use the war cry.

2015: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (extended edition):

Dáin uses both parts of the phrase during the Battle of Five Armies. He yells "Baruk Khazâd" as he orders the ballistae to shoot, and later uses the long version as he fights Orcs.