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Rock and Hawk: 12. When, Where, and Who

Since my Dûnhebaid stories have a number of characters and locations of my own devising, a crib sheet may be useful.  After dealing with time and place, I have provided a character list, broken down by race.  Principals are listed first, in order of appearance; other characters are given in alphabetical order for easier reference.


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Time


There were, very properly given the cultural diversity present, several different calendars in use in Middle-earth during the Third Age.  While it would be easier—on me as well as my readers—to simply translate these into English equivalents, that would deprive me of an ethnic marker for my characters and a very realistic source of confusion and intellectual friction between folk of different cultures.  To try and minimize the bafflement of readers who have not memorized the Sindarin month-names used by the Dúnedain, and also continued repitition in notes, I provide a list below.  For a fuller treatment of the coordination of the Western Gregorian calendar with those of Third-Age Eriador, please follow the embedded link.


                        Dúnedain


May                Lothron


June                Nórui


July                 Cerveth


August            Urui


September      Ivanneth


October          Narbeleth


November      Hithui


December       Girithron


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Place


I list here only places of my own invention or naming, in alphabetical order, with translations of their names and information on my sources of inspiritation, where those are particularly strong.  If you do not recognize some other place-name, please consult your favorite Tolkien references.


Aegas Cerch: Sindarin, "sickle peak."  A mountain with a prominent cirque in the northern Blue Mountains.


Cîl-en-Ostrad: Sindarin, "cleft of the street."  A pass in the northern Blue Mountains where an ancient dwarf-road ran from Beleriand to Mount Gundobad; little used since Orcs seized Gundobad in the Second Age.  The dwarf-road is also my invention.


Craigenthôr: compound, Scots Gaelic creag an "crag of the" and Sindarin en-thôr, "of the eagle."  A hill in the middle of Srathen Brethil.


Echad Gaearon: Sindarin, "camp (of) great sea."  A name briefly used for Habad-e-Mindon.


Hithbrae: compound; Sindarin hîth, "mist" and Scots brae, "hillside."  An Edain shieling in the northern Blue Mountains, six leagues from Rasgarth.


Rasgarth: Sindarin, "horn fort"; near-cognate with Scots Gaelic rasgarradh, "heath enclosure."  An Edain settlement in the northern Blue Mountains, ten leagues from Habad-e-Mindon.


Srathen Brethil: compound; Scots Gaelic srath, "strath, valley" (compare Sindarin rath, riverbed) and Sindarin en-brethil, "of the birches."  A glen in the eastern foothills of the Blue Mountains and the westernmost settlement of the Dúnedain, founded by refugees from the fall of Arthedain.


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Men


There are many different kinds of Men in Middle-Earth (LotR, App. F, "Of Men").  Since my stories are based in northwestern Eriador, most of the Men are either Dúnedain, the long-lived descendants of the Númenóreans, or Edain, descendants of the First Age Atani who did not remove to Númenor.  The Dunlendings or Swarthy Men, whose ancestors dwelt in the vales of the White Mountains before the arrival of the Númenórean founders of Gondor, were apparently of Easterling rather than Atani stock; they were usually hostile to the Dúnedain and Edain peoples such as the Rohirrim.  It seems that many of this folk settled in the relatively empty lands around the old border between Arnor and Gondor.


Since kinship was an important bond, I have specified the exact relationship between significant people.  For instance, Gaernath is Saelon's cousin; to be precise, he is her FaFaDaSoSo—father's father's daughter's son's son.  I might simply say Gaernath was her great-aunt's grandson, but in these patrilineal societies, it is important to see who is in the same line.  I follow Tolkien's convention of adding a dagger symbol (†) before the dates of untimely deaths; the names of those who are deceased, from any cause, are italicized.  All dates given are in the Third Age.


Principals


Saelon (2790–  ): solitary Dúnadaneth with a passion for the Sea


Halladan (2781–  ): Saelon's eldest brother, Lord of Srathen Brethil


Gaernath (2832–  ): Saelon's Edain cousin (FaFaDaSoSo)



Other Men


Aniel (2812–  ): Edain huntsman


Artan (2828–  ): Edain lad


Bereth (2816–  ): Haldorn's youngest sister


Brandir: Edain of the Blue Mountains


Bred (2812–  ): Gede's servant


Drust: Edain of the Blue Mountains


Eithel (2832–  ): Haldorn's eldest daughter


Emerwen (2789–?): Saelon's Dúnedain cousin, presumed dead


Fransag (2815–  ): Maelchon's wife


Frest: Edain of Srathen Brethil


Gede (2842–  ): Gaernath's father


Gràinne (2786–  ): Maelchon's mother-in-law


Haldorn (2784–  ): Halladan's cousin (FaBrSo)


Halmir (2835–  ): Halladan's son and heir


Halpan (2821–  ): Haldorn's younger brother


Hanadan (2841–  ): Haldorn's youngest son


Handin (2837–  ): Haldorn's son


Handir (2829–  ): Haldorn's eldest son


Hunthor: Edain of Srathen Brethil


Mais (2825–  ): Gaernath's eldest brother


Maelchon (2810–  ): Edain of Srathen Brethil


Minuial (2778–†2847): Saelon's elder sister


Morwen (2844–  ): Haldorn's daughter


Muirne (2830–  ): Artan's sweetheart


Naugton: Edain swordsman serving Halladan 


Núneth (2803–  ): Halladan's wife


Orleg: Edain of the Blue Mountains


Partalan (2801–  ): Dunlending swordsman and harper serving Halladan


Rian (2832–  ): Halladan's daughter


Tarain (2818–  ): Edain swordsman serving Halladan


Tearlag (2815–  ): Edain serving woman


Urwen (2795–  ): wife of Haldorn


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Dwarves


There are seven kindreds or houses of Dwarves: Tolkien focused his attention on the Longbeards, whose Father was Durin the Eldest, who woke in the Misty Mountains (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-Earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"), but I am more interested in the Firebeards, who arose in the Blue Mountains in the west.  All of the Dwarves listed here are Firebeards.


While some authors have suggested that Dwarves follow a social pattern similar to that of later medieval guilds, I have seen no evidence for such a rigidly hierarchical system among them.  ("Master" is a title other races give them; Dwarves do not seem to use it for each other.  The word "apprentice" appeared in The Hobbit in reference to the sons of the Men of Dale.)  Therefore I have followed early medieval models: where a craftsman was not trained by his own kin, he would find a master (of the art) to work under until he had learned all he wished.  Given that Dwarves "ill endure the domination of others" (The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"), I doubt they would bind themselves under another by anything except their own desire for the secrets of their craft and the deference they give to elders.  For lack of better "archaic" words to describe this mentor–protégé relationship, I have used "prentice" for the protégé, but it does not have the specific (lowest) rank connotation the term "apprentice" has under a guild system.


Principals


Veylin, son of Vali (2708–  ): gemsmith


Thyrnir, son of Thekk (2798–  ): Rekk (BrSo) and Veylin's nephew (SiSo)


Rekk, son of Ekki (2686–  ): waterwright



Other Dwarves


Ingi, son of Iolf (2769–  ): prentice to Rekk


Nordri, son of Narði (2661–  ): stonemason


Nyr, son of Nordri (2763–  ): stonemason


Nyrað, son of Nordri (2772–  ): stonemason


Oddi, son of Nidi (2673–  ): stonemason


Thekk, son of Ekki (2695–†2847): gemsmith; Veylin's friend and brother-in-law


Thiolf, son of Thorð (2776–  ): prentice to Nordri


Vestri, son of Oddi (2775–†2847): prentice to Veylin


Vitnir, son of Nali (2735–  ): ironmaster; Veylin's cousin (FaBrSo)


Vitr, son of Nali (2724–  ): ironmaster; Veylin's cousin (FaBrSo)


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 Creatures of Note


Craec: a young raven who followed Thekk


Dûnsûl: Halpan's stallion


Môrfast: Halladan's prize black stallion



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Last Update: 13 Dec 08
Stories: 5
Type: Author List
Created By: Adaneth


Dúnedain and Dwarves--and oh, yes, some Elves--on the northwest shore of Middle-Earth, not quite a century before adventures first befall Bilbo. Rampant Subcreation and Niggling in the margins. The ever-lengthening saga, in order.

Why This Story?

Dûnhebaid I: hammering out an unlikely friendship between a Dwarf and a Dúnadaneth.

 

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Author: Adaneth

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/26/11

Original Post: 09/22/06

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