Hand to Hand: 35. Dramatis Persona

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35. Dramatis Persona

Since the number of supporting characters in the Dûnhebaid Cycle continues to grow, a crib sheet may be useful.  The Men formerly of Srathen Brethil are divided by household, so status and kinship can be more easily seen.  The Dwarves of Gunduzahar are divided into groups including close kin, prentices, and followers.  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 Third Age unless otherwise noted.

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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.  The Bree-Men are said to be descended from people of this folk who came up the North-South Road.

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 Edain cousin (FaFaDaSoSo; Gede's son)

Partalan (2801-  ): Dunlending man at arms and harper

Canand (2792-  ): Edain drover

Dírmaen (2796-  ): Ranger of the North

Free Edain of Habad-e-Mindon

Maelchon (2810-  ): husbandman

Fransag (2815-  ): Maelchon's wife

Gormal (2837-  ): Maelchon's son

Maon (2839-  ): Maelchon's son

Guaire (2841-  ): Maelchon's son

Ros (2843-  ): Maelchon's daughter

Uspag (2845-  ): Maelchon's son

Malmin (2847-  ): Maelchon's daughter

Cottars of Habad-e-Mindon

Airil (2780-  ): gaffer

Artan (2828-  ): Airil's grandson (SiSo)

Muirne (2830-  ): Artan's wife

Ailig (2848-  ): Artan's son

Dornach (2849-  ): Artan's son

Tearlag (2815-  ): serving woman

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Leod (2831-  ): Airil's grandson (SiSo)

Murdag (2832-  ): Leod's wife and Finean's daughter

Meig (2850–  ): Leod's daughter

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Finean (2799-  ): widower

Unagh (2829-  ): Finean's daughter

Teig (2808-  ): Aniel's brother and kennelman

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Folk of Srathen Brethil not at Habad-e-Mindon

Aniel (2812-†2848): huntsman

Brassar (2785–†2809): Saelon's second brother

Bereth (2816-  ): Halpan's sister

Bred (2812-  ): manservant

Cinioch: Edain husbandman, returning in 2050

Deonaid (2829-  ): Gaernath's older brother

Drustan: Edain husbandman, returning in 2050

Eapag (2829-  ): Mais's wife

Earnan (2848-  ): Sitheag's bastard son by Maelchon

Eithel (2832-  ): Hanadan's older sister

Fokel (2809-†2850): manservant

Gede (2842-†2847) :free Edain husbandman; Gaernath's father

Gilthir (2751–2800): Saelon's mother

Gràinne (2786-†2850): Fransag's mother

Haldhaer (2728–†2826): Saelon's father, 14th Lord of Srathen Brethil

Haldorn (2784-†2847): Halpan's elder brother, Halladan's cousin (FaBrSo)

Halladan (2781-†2847): former lord of Srathen Brethil, Saelon's brother

Hallas (2794–2800): Saelon's youngest brother

Halmir (2835-  ): Saelon's nephew, Halladan's son and heir; fostered with Râdbaran

Handin (2837-  ): Hanadan's older brother

Handir (2829-†2847): Hanadan's eldest brother

Lis (2824-  ): Gede's widow (second wife); publically alleged that Saelon had lain with Veylin

Mais (2825-  ): free Edain husbandman; Gaernath's eldest brother; attached to Halmir

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

Morwen (2844-  ): Haldorn's daughter

Nannag (2849-†2850): Maelchon's daughter

Nárwen (2706-2826): Saelon's grandmother (MoMo), originally from the Tower Hills

Necton (2789-†2808): Edain cottar; Saelon's lover in her youth

Níniel (2848-  ): Hanadan's youngest sister

Núneth (2803-†2847): Halladan's wife

Roid (2834-  ): Gaernath's younger brother

Sitheag (2823-  ): serving woman

Sonas (2848-  ): Mais's daughter

Sorcha (2827-  ): Gaernath's older sister; Tarain's sweetheart

Tathar (2841-†2847): Halladan's daughter

Tarain (2818-  ): man at arms, serving Halmir

Urwen (2795-  ): Hanadan's mother, Haldorn's widow, daughter of Halglas; broken by grief and foresight; returned to her kin in the Emyn Uial

Uven: Edain husbandman, returning in 2050

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Dúnedain connected to Tum Melui

Dûnthand (2734-  ): Ranger (retired); Dírmaen's father

Thenid (2761-  ): Dírmaen's mother

Dunech (2785-  ): Dírmaen's eldest brother

Nellind (2787-  ): Dírmaen's elder sister

Laegadan (2754-  ): Nellind's husband

Merilin (2824-  ): Nellind's second daughter

Taratal (2790-  ): Dírmaen's second brother

Dírmaen (2796-  ): Ranger of the North

Míliel (2808-  ): Dírmaen's younger sister

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Other Dúnedain of the North

Ailinel (2726-  ): Dírmaen's aunt (FaSi)

Alphil: young woman courted by Dírmaen

Arador (2820-  ): Argonui's son and heir

Arathorn (2693-†2848): Argonui's father; 12th Chieftain; slain by raugs in Srathen Brethil

Argonui (2757-  ): 13th Chieftain of the Dúnedain; great-grandfather of King Elessar

Beldir: Dúnedain dwelling in dale just south of Tum Melui

Brandin (2783-  ): Ranger of the North

Bregol (2801-  ): Beldir's heir

Borthir (2822-  ): Ranger of the North, message-rider

Candíl (2814-  ): friend of Taratal; second son of Halforod

Dírhavel (2731–  ): Ranger loved by Saelon's sister Minuial

Dolladan (2775-  ): Ranger sent to Habad-e-Mindon in 2848

Dollchíll (2805-  ): Ranger of the North, wounded on the Hoarwell in 2846

Dornadan (2787-  ): Ranger sent to Habad-e-Mindon in 2848

Faelchol (†2849): Ranger of the North, killed by outlaws on Coldfell

Faelnoth (2773-  ): Ranger of the North

Forodirn (2762-  ): Ranger of the North; Argonui's blood-brother

Halforod (2746-  ): Dúnedain lord of Rhassarth

Halglas (2732-  ): Dúnedain lord of Calen Amon in the Emyn Uial; Hanadan's grandfather (MoFa)

Halgorn (2784-  ) Ranger sent to Habad-e-Mindon in 2848; a passion for killing monsters

Halnaeth (2738-  ): Dúnedain lord in the South Downs

Hanend (2812-  ) Ranger sent to Habad-e-Mindon by Arathorn.

Limchen: young woman courted by Dírmaen

Meagvir (2761-  ): Ranger of the North, posted at Habad-e-Mindon in the summer of 2848

Maethron (2792-  ): Ranger of the North

Mereth (2826-  ): young woman courted by Dírmaen

Râdbaran (2746-  ): Dúnedain lord, leader of Rangers sent to Habad-e-Mindon in 2848; foster-father of Halmir

Rainind (†2849): Ranger of the North, killed by outlaws on Coldfell

Racheron: friend of Dírmaen

Randir (2794-  ): Ranger of the North, friend of Dírmaen

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Other Men

Bosa: sokeman in Tum Melui

Coifi: Candíl's chief huntsman

Dunstan: Eriador outlaw

Heiu: cook at Gellnen

Oleg: reiver from the hills west of Angmar

Yaro: reiver from the hills west of Angmar

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Dwarves

There are seven kindreds or houses of Dwarves: the Longbeards, whose Father was Durin the Eldest, originally seated in the Misty Mountains; the Firebeards and Broadbeams of the Ered Luin; and the Ironfists and Stiffbeards, Blacklocks and Stonefoots, whose mansions were further east (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-Earth, "Of Dwarves and Men").  I have supposed that, since they are notoriously clannish, their sociopolitical organization is firmly founded on kinship and posited that kindreds are further divided into septs or lines (e.g., Durin's Line, LotR, App. A.III, genealogical lineage), led by chieftains.

I have given the Firebeards four septs; in order of seniority, they are Regin's Line [ReL], Nidr's Line [NL], Thrir's Line [ThL], and Rauða's Line [RaL].  Further, I have conjectured a lower level of elders (ealdormen) who serve as a chieftain's advisors, each representing something not dissimilar to a hundred (an old administrative unit that may have originally supplied a hundred men to the army).

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," p. 288), 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.

Gunduzahar (Firebeards unless otherwise noted)

Veylin, son of Vali (2708-  ): gemsmith; chieftain of Thrir's Line

Oski, son of Onar (2804-  ): prentice to Veylin; Longbeard

Thyrð, son of Thekk [NL] (2809-  ): Rekk (BrSo) and Veylin's nephew (SiSo); prentice to Veylin

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Rekk, son of Ekki [NL] (2686-  ): waterwright

Auð (2698-  ): tailor; Veylin's sister and Rekk's widowed sister-in-law

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

Haust: plumber

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Nordri, son of Narði [ThL] (2661-  ): stonemason

Nyr, son of Nordri [ThL] (2763-  ): stonemason

Haki, son of Harin [ThL] (2687-  ): ironmaster, Nordri's cousin (FaBrSo)

Gamal, son of Grani [NL] (2760-  ): stonemason; former prentice to Nordri

Balnar, son of Nál [ReL] (2796-  ): prentice to Nordri

Neðan, son of Narvi [ThL] (2803-  ): Nordri's cousin (FaBrSoSo) and prentice

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Grani, son of Guti [NL] (2658-  ): carpenter, Nordri's cousin (FaSiSo)

Thyrnir, son of Thekk [NL] (2798-  ): Rekk (BrSo) and Veylin's nephew (SiSo), prentice to Grani

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Bersa, son of Berg (2624-  ): cook; Broadbeam

Bersi, son of Berg (2657-  ): coppersmith; Broadbeam

Hlin: Bersi's wife; leatherworker

Barði, son of Bersi (2755-  ): coppersmith; Broadbeam

Fram, son of Feyn (2783-  ): prentice to Bersi; Broadbeam

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Aðal, son of Aðr [ReL] (2738-  ): carver

Vígir (2734-  ): stonecarver; Longbeard

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Sút [ReL]: spinster silversmith

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Laufi, son of Lautnir [ThL] (2716-  ): glazier, lampwright

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Sannir, son of Sigur (2679-  ): miner working for Bersi; Broadbeam

Prut, son of Prudir (2741-  ): miner working for Bersi; Longbeard

Hogga, son of Holdin (2722-  ): miner working for Bersi; Broadbeam

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Dwarves of Sulûnduban (Firebeards unless otherwise noted)

Regin, son of Drengr: king of the Firebeards; armourer

Reynir, son of Regin (2779–  ): prentice weaponsmith

Reykr, son of Regin (2790–  ): prentice armourer

Godi (2689–  ): Sút's brother, cousin to Regin (FaFaBrSoSo)

Geirr: axe-smith, son of Vali's rival

Bunir: a senior mason

Fastir: his daughter is betrothed to Dyr

Gjarn: Regin's chief draughtsman

Orð, son of Orti [ReL] (2691-  ): Arðri's father

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Thjalfi, son of Thagall (2653-  ): chieftain of Nidr's Line; goldsmith

Bogi: tile-maker

Geirr: axesmith; prentice of Veylin's father's rival

Girni: cobbler; brother-in-law of Bogr

Makt: widow; lampwright

Narfi, son of Nar [ThL] (2794-  ): prentice to Siggr; cousin to Nordri (FaBrSoSo) and Haki

Siggr, son of Seggr [NL] (2689-  ): jointer

Skap: candle-maker

Thorð, son of Norð [NL] (2656-  ): Thiolf's father

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Veylin, son of Vali (2708-  ): chieftain of Thrir's Line; gemsmith

Vitnir, son of Nali [ThL] (2735-  ): ironmaster; Veylin's cousin (FaBrSo) and heir

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Lof (2620-  ): chief ealdorman; graver

Beina: Lof's wife

Logi, son of Lof (2752-  ): graver

Gledi: has a predatory daughter

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Nordri: ealdorman; see Gunduzahar

Eigsa: Nordri's wife

Narvi: cousin of Nordri (FaBroSo); stonemason

Bileg, son of Balnir [ThL] (2697-  ): Oddi's cousin

Oddi, son of Nidi [ThL] (2673-  ): stonemason

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Bál: ealdorman

Roðin: cousin and heir of Rof

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Aldtinn (2601-  ): ealdorman

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Harðr: ealdorman

Megir: has a susceptible and gullible son

Hyr: chain-maker

Dyr: Hyr's son

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Skaði (2694-  ): ealdorman

Skani, son of Skaði [ThL] (2802-  ): blacksmith

Trur: who has two sons

Tof: cousin and heir of Rof

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Holl, son of Fólgin (2675-  ): chieftain of Rauða's Line; swordsmith

Hodr, son of Fodr [RaL] (2721-  ): delver

Steði, son of Eykr [RaL]: Moll's cousin; pony-breaker

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Denizens of a dwarf-house south of the Thôntaen pass (Broadbeams unless otherwise noted)

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

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Other Dwarves of note

Arðri, son of Orð [ReL] (2791-†2848): prentice to Veylin

Freygr (2614-  ): an aged Longbeard gemsmith, formerly of Erebor

Hled: an unsociable silversmith who dwells south of the Thôntaen pass

Ketli, son of Vetil (2729-  ): coalmaster; follower of Vitnir; Broadbeam

Keypti: axe-smith, former prentice of Vali

Nyrað, son of Nordri [ThL] (2772-†2848): stonemason

Radsvinn: Veylin's master

Rof [ThL]: cousins squabbling over his inheritance

Siða (2596-2843): Veylin and Auð's mother

Soti: sold Veylin his sorrel pony

Thekk, son of Ekki [NL] (2695-†2847): gemsmith; Rekk's brother, Auð's husband

Thiolf, 3rd son of Thorð [NL] (2776-†2848): prentice to Nordri

Vestri, son of Oddi [ThL] (2775-†2847): prentice to Veylin

Vitr, son of Nali [ThL] (2724-†2848): ironmaster; Veylin's cousin (FaBrSo)

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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 who 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 more closely 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 outside Doriath.

Elves of Lindon

Aerthaith: one who once brought Veylin to judgment in a dispute

Alagos: Lonnathrim attendant at the guest-hall

Anhwest: sailor

Brofaron: Laegrim marchwarden

Cairrâd: ship captain

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

Falfrem: sailor

Fânchast: sailor

Ferchai: Laegrim stablehand at guest-hall

Gaerlas: Círdan's herald and Falathrim kinsman

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 companion

Litheg: someone connected to Lindon's court

Maedoron: Falathrim shipwright

Norneth: Falathrim gatherer of shellfish

Ramaeron: Noldor mason, specializing in sea defenses

Sercherch: Falathrim fisherman who sometimes serves in the guest-hall kitchens

Silalph: one who wanders in north of Lindon

Sirorn: a customer of Veylin's

Talrui: Laegrim forester

Tavor: Falathrim shipwright

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Other Fair Folk

Elladan (T.A. 130-  ): son of Elrond Half-Elven of Rivendell

Elrohir (T.A. 130-  ): son of Elrond Half-Elven of Rivendell

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Creatures of Note

Craec: a young raven, attached to Rekk

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Auril: Halpan's bay stallion, a gift from Arathorn

Blackie: Maelchon's black workhorse mare

Buits: Saelon's dun hobby gelding

Cloot: Saelon's skewbald hobby gelding, killed under Partalan

Coll: Gaernath's chestnut gelding

Donnan: Maelchon's brown workhorse gelding

Dûnsûl: Halpan's mount before he left to be a Ranger

Gwath: Saelon's high-bred black mare

Madamenath, Mada: Dírmaen's brown gelding

Môrfast: Saelon's high-bred black stallion

Pegeb: a roan stallion belonging to Halforod

Ruin: Randir's bay gelding

Rust: Faelnoth's chestnut gelding

Sarbôd: a colt Dírmaen is training at the beginning of 2850

Tinnu: Gwinnor's grey mare

Whitefoot: Maelchon's workhorse mare

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Baude: Candíl's grey hound bitch

Luath: Maelchon's black hound


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Author: Adaneth

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 03/24/11

Original Post: 11/28/08

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