Hazad

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Hazad Longbeard
Man
Biographical Information
Other namesBlear-eyed carl (by Mogru), Hazad uBuldar (by Mogru), Tal-argan
LocationAgar
BirthSecond Age
DeathSecond Age
Family
ParentageBuldar and Elmar
ChildrenSixteen unnamed sons[1], Tal-Elmar
Physical Description
GenderMale
HeightShort
Hair colorLong-bearded

Hazad Longbeard was a man living in Agar during the Second Age[note 1], the son of Buldar and Elmar, a woman of the "Fell Folk of the East" who had been taken prisoner by his father, and later wedded.


Though he found pride in the number of his descendants, his greatest joy was his beard, long over five feet and, unlike his sons, soft, “ruly to his hand,” and close to him all the time.

Biography[edit]

Youth[edit]

Hazad was described in his youth as being "broad, swarthy, short, though, harsh-tongued, heavy-handed, and quick to violence." [2] Hazad’s sons are said to resemble him in his youth.

Later Life[edit]

Hazad married late, due to the admiration he had for his late mother, Elmar. He fathered many children, including Tal-Elmar, who was his seventeenth child.

Along with his youngest son, he delivered the ill message to Mogru of Númenórean ships approaching the land of Agar.

Etymology[edit]

Some analysts have noticed the similarity of Hazad with Dwarvish Khazâd, "Dwarves", and Adûnaic hazad, "seven". The name would then either mean "Dwarf (bearded, smaller one)" or "Seventh child", however, this remains speculation.[3]

Genealogy[edit]

BULDAR
fl. S.A.
 
Elmar
fl. S.A.
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
husband
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
children
 
HAZAD LONGBEARD
fl. S.A.
 
unknown
children
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
sons
 
Tal-Elmar
fl. S.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

Hazad Longbeard originally had the name of Tal-argan Longbeard. In a penciled note J.R.R. Tolkien proposed that Buldar should be left out of the tale and Elmar be Hazad's wife.[4]

Notes

  1. The exact timeframe of Hazad's and Tal-Elmar's life is not given, but since the Númenóreans are seen as hostiles in the story, it's possible that it refers to a time after the Shadow fell over the Island, when they started to dominate the natives of Middle-earth; this points to a date around S.A. 1800. See J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"

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