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Hand to Hand: 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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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 V: the romantic and political ramifications continue . . . .

 

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Author: Adaneth

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Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 03/24/11

Original Post: 11/28/08

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