Borlach

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Borlach
Easterling
Helena Stepanova - Bor with his sons.jpg
"Bor with his sons" by Helena Stepanova
Biographical Information
LocationEast Beleriand
AffiliationUnion of Maedhros
BirthFirst Age
DeathF.A. 472
Nirnaeth Arnoediad
Family
ParentageBór
SiblingsBorlad and Borthand
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Borlach

Borlach was one of the sons of Bór.

History[edit]

Borlach and his kin entered the service of Maedhros and Maglor, the eldest Sons of Fëanor.[1] He fought in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and was faithful to the Noldor, taking part in the slaying of Ulfang's sons before he was himself slain.[2]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
Bór
d. F.A. 472
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BORLACH
d. F.A. 472
 
Borlad
d. F.A. 472
 
Borthand
d. F.A. 472
 


Etymology[edit]

The exact meaning is unclear, but is tied to the root BOR- ("loyalty")[3] adding the word lach ("flame").

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

In the Later Annals of Beleriand and the Grey Annals, the name of the character was Boromir,[4][5] a name later used for Boromir of Ladros.[6][7] The Boromir referred to in the Etymologies (cf. Boromir of Ladros: Etymology) is thus Borlach.[8][9] In the appendix of The Lost Road it states that Borlach (then called Boromir) was born in the year 145.[10]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", root BOR-
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin (Chapter 15)", p. 134., ([Annal] 263)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals", pp. 61 (§174), 64 ("Conclusion of annal 463 in Version II"), 128 (note to §174),
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, III. The Later Annals of Beleriand", p. 151 (note to Annal 263)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin (Chapter 15)", p. 240
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Index", p. 420 (compare references for "Boromir (1)" and "Boromir (2)")
  9. Anders Stenström, "Re: Boromir name being Quenya or Sindarin (163.58)" dated 20 June 2022, Elfling (accessed 23 September 2022)
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Appendix: I. The Genealogies"