After Stormy Seas: 13. When, Where, and Who

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13. When, Where, and Who

Since the number of supporting characters in the Dûnhebaid Cycle continues to grow, a crib sheet may be useful.  After dealing with time and place, I have provided a character list, broken down by race: Men, Dwarves, Elves, and Creatures of Note.  The folk formerly of Srathen Brethil are divided into households and listed in order of rank, so status, kinship, and alliance can be more easily seen.  The Dwarves of Gunduzahar are divided into household groups that include prentices and followers as well as close kin.

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Time

To 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        Westron
January          Narwain          Narvinyë
February        Nínui               Nénimë
March             Gwaeron         Súlimë
April               Gwirith            Viressë
May                Lothron           Lótessë
June                Nórui               Nárië
July                 Cerveth           Cermië
August            Urui                 Úrimë
September      Ivanneth          Yavannië
October          Narbeleth        Narquelië
November      Hithui              Hísimë
December       Girithron         Ringarë

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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.

Annon Mindon: Sindarin, "gate tower."  This is the name I have given to the tower guarding the strait at the mouth of the Gulf of Lhûn.

Barazdush: Khuzdul, "red root"; so-called for the fine red slate into which the mansion is delved.  The chief Dwarf mansion of the southern Blue Mountains and the seat of the king of the Broadbeams, between Harlindon and the lands once held by Arthedain.  Its location should be imagined as something like Snowdonia in Wales.

Côfgelion: Sindarin, "bay of Gelion."  This is my name for the bay north of Forlindon and southeast of the Isle of Himring.  A comparison of maps of the area in the Third and First Ages shows it is in the approximate location of the upper valley of the River Gelion, and so I have conjectured that the bay was named after its ancient headwaters.

Dordornhoth: Sindarin, "land of the Dwarves."  The Ered Luin north of the Little Lune.

Ethir Lorn: "river mouth of quiet water/anchorage."  The river confluence around which I fancy The Grey Havens/Mithlond was built.  Many walled towns are sited where one river runs into another, providing both natural water defenses and a wider water transport network; examples include London (where the Fleet meets the Thames), and York (where the Foss meets the Ouse).

Gunduzahar: Khuzdul, "bold hall."  Veylin's halls some three leagues north of Habad-e-Mindon, so called for its daring location.  It is delved into a flat-topped hill closely resembling Healabhal Mhor, also known as Macleod's Table North, on Skye.

Habad-e-Mindon: Sindarin, "shore of the isolated hill, tower"; mindon appears to be equivalent to Gaelic dun, which can mean a hill suitable for a tower or the tower on it.  There is also an echo in Hebudes, the first recorded name of the Hebrides, in Pliny the Elder's Natural History, written in AD 77.  A cliff-backed bay on the shore north of Mount Rerir, where Saelon dwelt long dwelt alone before being joined by refugees from Srathen Brethil.  It has been modelled on a variety of Hebridean locales, principally Machir Bay on the isle of Islay and King's Caves on the isle of Arran.

Ram, the: Sindarin, "wall."  The great shore-dyke a league south of Habad-e-Mindon.  This is loosely based on A'Chleit in Kintyre; here is a smaller one from Arran.

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.

Sulûnduban: Khuzdul, "dale of the Lune"; according to Ardalambion, Tolkien considered the possibility that Lhûn/Lune originated as an early borrowing of Khuzdul sulûn or salôn, "to fall, descend swiftly" into Sindarin.  The chief dwarf-mansion of the northern Blue Mountains/Ered Luin, near the headwaters of the River Lune, and the seat of the king of the Firebeards.  It is delved in a mountain based on the spectacular Suilven of Assynt in the northern Highlands, which somewhat resembles the peak drawn at the head of the River Lune on Tolkien's map.

Tumlhûn: the Sindarin translation of Sulûnduban.

White Cliffs: the Dwarvish name for Habad-e-Mindon.

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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.

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.

Dúnedain of Habad-e-Mindon
Saelon (2790–  ): lady of Habad-e-Mindon
Rian (2832–  ): Saelon's neice (BrDa; Halladan's daughter)
Halpan (2821–  ): Saelon's cousin (FaBrSoSo; Haldorn's brother)
Hanadan (2841–  ): Halpan's nephew (BrSo; Haldorn's son)
Gaernath (2832–  ): Saelon's cousin (FaFaDaSoSo)
Partalan (2801–  ): Dunlending swordsman and harper, in Saelon's service
Canand (2792–  ): Edain drover

Dírmaen (2796–  ): Ranger of the North posted in Habad-e-Mindon

Free Edain of Habad-e-Mindon
Maelchon (2810–  ): husbandman
Fransag (2815–  ): Maelchon's wife
Maon (2839–  ): Maelchon's son
Guaire (2841–  ): Maelchon's son
Tearlag (2815–  ): serving woman

Cottars of Habad-e-Mindon
Artan (2828–  )
Muirne (2830–  ): Artan's wife
Unagh (2829–  )

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Other Men
Aniel (2812–†2848): huntsman of Srathen Brethil
Arathorn (2693–†2848): 12th Chieftain; slain by raugs in Srathen Brethil
Buain: Edain drover who sometimes pastured his cattle west of the Ered Luin
Halladan (2781–†2847): Saelon's eldest brothe;, 15th Lord of Srathen Brethil
Harpend: Dúnedain whose daugher Randir fancied
Mais (2825–  ): free Edain husbandman; Gaernath's eldest brother
Nárwen (2706–2826): Saelon's grandmother (MoMo), originally from the Tower Hills
Râdbaran (2746–  ): Dúnedain lord, leader of Rangers sent to Habad-e-Mindon in 2848
Randir (2794–  ): Ranger of the North, friend of Dírmaen
Ulma: serving woman in Saelon's father's household when she was a child
Urwen (2795–  ): Hanadan's mother, Haldorn's widow, daughter of Halglas

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Dwarves

There are seven kindreds or houses of Dwarves: the Longbeards, originally seated in the Misty Mountains; the Firebeards and Broadbeams of the Blue Mountains in the west; and the Ironfists and Stiffbeards, Blacklocks and Stonefoots, whose mansions were further east (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-Earth, "Of Dwarves and Men").  All of the Dwarves listed here are Firebeards, unless otherwise specified.

I have supposed that, since they are notoriously clannish, Dwarvish sociopolitical organization is firmly grounded on kinship.  I suggest that kindreds, governed by a king, are further divided into septs or lines (e.g., Durin's Line, LotR, App. A.III, genealogical lineage), led by chieftains ("Heavy have the hearts of our chieftains been since that night," said Glóin at the Council of Elrond: LotR, Book 2, Ch. II).  Men often refer to these kings and chieftains as dwarf-lords, but they are not lords in any kind of feudal sense.  Dwarves are singularly adverse to the dominion of others, and the justification for their leaders' authority is parental: "'kings' or heads of lines are regarded as 'parents' of the whole group" (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-Earth, p. 285).  Rank, such as they have, appears to be based on seniority, hence the priviledged status of Durin the Eldest and his descendants the Longbeards.

Gunduzahar
Veylin, son of Vali (2708–  ): gemsmith
Oski, son of Onar (2804–  ): prentice to Veylin; Longbeard
Thyrð, son of Thekk (2809–  ): Rekk (BrSo) and Veylin's nephew (SiSo); prentice to Veylin

Vitnir, son of Nali (2735–  ): ironmaster; Veylin's cousin (FaBrSo) and heir
Skani, son of Skaði (2802–  ): prentice to Vitnir

Nordri, son of Narði (2661–  ): stonemason

Grani, son of Guti (2658–  ): carpenter, Nordri's cousin (FaSiSo)
Thyrnir, son of Thekk (2798–  ): Rekk (BrSo) and Veylin's nephew (SiSo), prentice to Grani

Bersi, son of Berg (2657–  ): coppersmith; Broadbeam
Barði, son of Bersi (2755–  ): coppersmith; Broadbeam
Fram, son of Feyn (2783–  ): prentice to Bersi; Broadbeam

Denizens of a dwarf-house south of the Thôntaen pass
Thvari, son of Ari: kin of Bersi
Nari, son of Ari: kin of Bersi
Thár, son of Thvari
Hervor: spouse of Thvari
Heptir: quarryman for Thvari, Longbeard

Other Dwarves of note
Ivaldi: a friend of Veylin's who dwells a league and a half north of the Little Lune
Thekk, son of Ekki [NL] (2695–†2847): gemsmith; friend and brother-in-law to Veylin

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Elves

While they are not always readily apparent to other races, there are significant ethnic divisions among Elves.  There has been considerable intermingling in Lindon (as in most of the Elven realms by the Third Age), but the immortality of Elves assures that older divisions continue to have meaning so long as individuals take their identity from their former alliegances.  For the most detailed descriptions of these groupings and their names, see the later parts of the essay "Quendi and Eldar" in HoME XI: War of the Jewels.  Here is a brief listing of those important for my stories.

Falathrim, Sea Elves: the original followers of Círdan, members of the Third Clan who came too late to embark on what became Tol Eressëa (the Eglain, "the Forsaken") or chose to remain on the shores of Middle-Earth.

Iathrim: the folk of Doriath.

Laegrim, Green Elves: the folk of Ossiriand, the original inhabitants of Lindon; descended from the Nandor and therefore related to the Silvan Elves of Lórien and Mirkwood.

Lonnathrim: the folk of the Havens, the current followers of Círdan.  A term of my own invention for those Elves who—by virtue of comparative youth, mixed parentage, or strong attachment—give their primary alliegance to the Havens rather than older identities.

Noldor, Golodhrim, High or Deep Elves: those of the Second Clan who returned from Aman.

Sindar, Eluwaith, Grey Elves: the subjects of Thingol, including those beyond Doriath.

Elves of Lindon
Aerthaith: one who once brought Veylin to judgment in a dispute
Alagos: Lonnathrim attendant at the guest-hall
Brofaron: Laegrim marchwarden
Calennae: Iathrim marchwarden
Celebael: Lonnathrim pilot of the Mithlond ferry
Círdan: The Shipwright, lord of Lindon
Coruwi: Lonnathrim marchwarden
Eregai: Lonnathrim forester
Falathar: Falathrim coastwarden; one of the three companions of Eärendil on his voyage to Aman at the end of the First Age
Falfaur: server in Círdan's household
Ferchai: Laegrim stablehand at guest-hall
Gaelannun: fisherman
Gaerol: Falathrim keeper of the guest-hall, kin to Círdan
Galdor: councilor
Gwinnor Tinnath/Vingenáro Tinwi: Noldor gemsmith; in the First Age a follower of Finrod Felagund, and in the Second of his sister Galadriel in Eregion; he was for a time one of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain
Ithilith: Laegrim attendant at the guest-hall
Lagoreg: Lonnathrim captain of tower
Limmen: Sirorn's lady-love
Litheg: someone connected to Lindon's court
Maedoron: Falathrim shipwright
Neldor: Noldor healer; many thanks to his chronicler, Greywing, for the loan!
Norneth: Falathrim gatherer of shellfish
Ramaeron: Noldor mason, specializing in sea defenses
Sercherch: Falathrim fisherman who sometimes serves in the guest-hall kitchens
Sirorn: a customer of Veylin's
Talrui: Laegrim forester
Tavor: Falathrim shipwright

Other Fair Folk
Elladan (130–  ): son of Elrond Half-Elven of Rivendell
Elrohir (130–  ): son of Elrond Half-Elven of Rivendell

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Other Creatures of Note

Blackie: Maelchon's black workhorse mare
Buits: Saelon's dun hobby gelding
Coll: Gaernath's chestnut gelding
Donnan: Maelchon's brown workhorse gelding
Madamenath, Mada: Dírmaen's gelding
Tinnu: Gwinnor's grey mare
Whitefoot: Maelchon's workhorse mare


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Author: Adaneth

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/26/11

Original Post: 12/12/07

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The Dûnhebaid Cycle - 5 stories - Owner: 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.
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