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Blacklocks

Blacklocks
People
Daniel Falconer - Blacklock dwarf.png
"Blacklock dwarf" by Daniel Falconer
General Information
LocationsMountains of the East[1]
AffiliationStonefoots
LanguagesKhuzdul

The Blacklocks were one of the seven houses of the Dwarves that dwelt in the mountains of the East. They were originally paired with the Stonefoots.[2]

The locations of the four Dwarven clans, including the Blacklocks, who lived in the East are unknown. The distance between their mansions in the East and the Misty Mountains, specifically Gundabad, was said to be as great or greater than that of Gundabad's distance from the Blue Mountains in the West.[3]

It is possible that the Blacklocks were among the "Houses of other Fathers" who sent troops to help Durin's Folk in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.[4]

Late in the Third Age, when war and terror grew in the East itself, considerable numbers of Blacklocks and dwarves of the Eastern clans left their ancient homelands. They sought refuge in Middle-earth's western lands, where some of them met Frodo Baggins.[5]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The unnamed Dwarven tribes were given invented names in an early supplement.[6] While these were published before the publication of Tolkien's late note on the name of the Dwarven houses of the East, it has been suggested that the Blacklocks could correspond to Drúin's Tribe (as portrayed in MERP).[7]

2002-5: The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game:

The House corresponding to the Blacklocks is called Var's Folk, said to wander the lands of the East and South. Their beards are "black as coal and thick as wire, often left tangled ad unkempt".[8]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", pp. 301, 322 (note 24)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 301
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  6. R. Mark Colburn, Peter C. Fenlon, John D. Ruemmler, Terry K. Amthor, Jessica M. Ney (1989), Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls (#8004)
  7. Thomas Morwinsky, "A Brief History of the Dwarven Mansions", in Other Minds issue 4 (July 2008)
  8. Mike Mearls, Chris Seeman (2003), Moria
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