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"Blacklock dwarf" by Daniel Falconer
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Lifespanc. 250 years[2]
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The Blacklocks were one of the seven houses of the Dwarves that dwelt in Rhûn. They were originally paired with the Stonefoots.[3]

The locations of the four Dwarven clans, including the Blacklocks, who lived in the East are unknown. The distance between their mansions in the East and the Misty Mountains, specifically Gundabad, was said to be as great or greater than that of Gundabad's distance from the Blue Mountains in the West.[4]

It is possible that the Blacklocks were among the "Houses of other Fathers" who sent troops to help Durin's Folk in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.[5]

Late in the Third Age, when war and terror grew in the East itself, considerable numbers of Blacklocks and dwarves of the Eastern clans left their ancient homelands. They sought refuge in Middle-earth's western lands, where some of them may have met Frodo Baggins.[6]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The unnamed Dwarven tribes were given invented names in an early supplement.[7] While these were published before the publication of Tolkien's late note on the name of the Dwarven houses of the East, it has been suggested that the Blacklocks could correspond to Drúin's Tribe (as portrayed in MERP).[8]

2002-5: The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game:

The House corresponding to the Blacklocks is called Var's Folk, said to wander the lands of the East and South. Their beards are "black as coal and thick as wire, often left tangled and unkempt".[9]

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

Dwalin and Thorin mentioned Thorin, the heir of Durin having a meeting with his kin, with "envoys from the Seven Kingdoms", the same number as the Houses of the Dwarves, and also Dwarves of the Iron Hills. It's unspecified on why Thorin had a meeting with all houses of the Dwarves, however it's likely for the purpose of declaring war on Smaug and to reclaim his homeland.

2021: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The House corresponding to the Blacklocks is called the Temámir. Dark-skinned with raven-black hair, they are considered the wisest of the Seven Houses; their banners display a quill and written scrolls. The Temámir are described as being more prone to voyaging than other dwarves, even over sea. Their Ring was either "Taurya", which was reclaimed by Sauron, or "Tulcya", which was consumed by the dragon "Thostír the Rank".
The Temámir were led by "King Brítu the Redeful" at the beginning of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. By the time of the Battle of Azanulbizar, all that remained of the royal line was a young princess named "Jegín", who became King of her people and ruled in their halls in the south-east through the War of the Ring and its aftermath.
After Azanulbizar, the Longbeards gave to the Temámir some of their halls in the White Mountains they could no longer maintain. During the War of the Ring, these dwarves shut their gates and did not participate. Once the danger was passed they emerged to take part in rebuilding Gondor, for a price. Another enclave of them exists in the city of Umbar.


Dwarven Clans
Longbeards · Firebeards · Broadbeams · Ironfists · Stiffbeards · Blacklocks · Stonefoots · (Petty-dwarves)