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Elmar was a woman who lived during the Second Age before the return of the Númenóreans to Middle-earth. She was the mother of Hazad Longbeard and grandmother of Tal-Elmar from the story bearing the same name. She belonged to the "Fell Folk of the East". After a battle Elmar had been taken prisoner by Buldar. He brought her to his region, called Agar, and wedded her mostly against her wish. Because of this, she placed a curse on the people of Agar, that they should weaken and fade with time, which eventually happened. She had many sons, of which the youngest and closest to her heart was Hazad. In her memory and due to the fact that he resembled her, Hazad named his youngest son Tal-Elmar.[1]


Hazad Longbeard

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In a penciled note Tolkien considered removing Buldar and having Elmar be wed to Hazed instead.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Tal-Elmar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Tal-Elmar", note 5