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Of Like Passion: 21. 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.


Cailcàrach: compound; Sindarin cail, "palisade" and Scots Gaelic càrach, "of the peat bog."  A ridge of glacial till that forms the northern edge the bog-moor north of Habad-e-Mindon.


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.


Lochan Harnas: compound, Scots Gaelic lochan, "small loch or lake," and Sindarin e harnas, "of the cairn."  This is a large pond on the landward side of the gravel and cobble ridge about halfway between Habad-e-Mindon and Gunduzahar, named for the cairn Gaernath raised above Veylin's raug-slain companions.


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.


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
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
Gràinne (2786–  ): Fransag's mother
Fokel (2809–  ): manservant
Tearlag (2815–  ): serving woman


Cottars of Habad-e-Mindon
Airil (2780–  ): gaffer
Artan (2828–  ): Airil's grandson (SiSo)
Muirne (2830–  ): Artan's wife
Leod (2831–  ): Airil's grandson (SiSo)


Finean (2799–  ): widower
Unagh (2829–  ): Finean's daughter
Murdag (2832–  ): Finean's daughter
Teig (2808–  ): kennelman; Aniel's brother


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Folk of Srathen Brethil not at Habad-e-Mindon
Aniel (2812–†2848): huntsman
Haldorn (2784–†2847): Halpan's elder brother, Halladan's cousin (FaBrSo)
Halladan (2781–†2847): Saelon's eldest brothe;, 15th Lord of Srathen Brethil
Halmir (2835–  ): Saelon's nephew, Halladan's son and heir; fostered with Râdbaran
Nárwen (2706–2826): Saelon's grandmother (MoMo), originally from the Tower Hills
Necton: Saelon's former lover
Urwen (2795–  ): Hanadan's mother, Haldorn's widow, daughter of Halglas


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Other Dúnedain of the North
Ailinel (2726–  ): Dírmaen's aunt (FaSi)
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
Râdbaran (2746–  ): Dúnedain lord, leader of Rangers sent to Habad-e-Mindon in 2848; foster-father of Halmir


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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


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


Rekk, son of Ekki (2686–  ): waterwright
Ingi, son of Iolf (2769–  ): prentice to Rekk


Nordri, son of Narði (2661–  ): stonemason
Nyr, son of Nordri (2763–  ): stonemason
Haki, son of Harin (2687–  ): ironmaster, Nordri's cousin (FaBrSo)
Gamal, son of Grani (2760–  ): stonemason; former prentice to Nordri


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


Bersa, son of Berg (2624–  ): cook; Broadbeam
Bersi, son of Berg (2657–  ): coppersmith; Broadbeam
Barði, son of Bersi (2755–  ): coppersmith; Broadbeam
Fram, son of Feyn (2783–  ): prentice to Bersi; Broadbeam


Aðal, son of Aðr (2738–  ): stonecarver


Siggr, son of Seggr (2689–  ): jointer
Narfi, son of Nar (2794–  ): prentice to Siggr; cousin to Nordri (FaBrSoSo) and Haki


Laufi, son of Lautnir (2716–  ): glazier, lampwright


Hodr, son of Fodr (2721–  ): delver


Other Dwarves of note
Andvari: Dwarf who bought gems from Veylin
Arðri, son of Orð [ReL] (2791–†2848): prentice to Veylin
Nyrað, son of Nordri [ThL] (2772–†2848): stonemason
Thekk, son of Ekki [NL] (2695–†2847): gemsmith; Rekk's brother, Auð's husband
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
Círdan: The Shipwright, lord of Lindon
Elladan (T.A. 130–  ): son of Elrond Half-Elven of Rivendell
Elrohir (T.A. 130–  ): son of Elrond Half-Elven of Rivendell
Falathar: coastwarden of Lindon; one of the three companions of Eärendil on his voyage to Aman at the end of the First Age
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


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Creatures of Note
Coll
: Gaernath's chestnut gelding
Madamenath, Mada: Dírmaen's brown gelding
Môrfast: Saelon's high-bred black stallion
Tinnu: Gwinnor's grey mare



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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.

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Dûnhebaid III: the Men come to terms with Lindon, and Veylin fears a rival.

 

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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: 05/31/07

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