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Biographical Information
Other namesAradan
TitlesChieftain of the Third House of the Edain
LanguageMannish dialect
BirthF.A. 307
DeathF.A. 398
HouseHouse of Marach
SpouseZimrahin Meldis
ChildrenAdanel, Magor
Physical Description

Malach Aradan (F.A. 307-398[1]) was the son and heir of Marach of the Third House of the Edain, and the ancestor of the House of Hador and its descendants. He was the older brother of Imlach and father of Adanel and Magor.[2]

[edit] History

Fingolfin welcomed the Edain when they first entered Beleriand and in response many young men took service with kings and lords of the Eldar. Malach was one and he spent fourteen years (F.A. 322-326) with the Elves in Hithlum, where he learned to speak Sindarin, and was given the name Aradan[2] (Sindarin for "Noble Man"[3]).

After his time in Hithlum, Aradan married Zimrahin in 337, who took the Sindarin name of Meldis[1]. Aradan led many of the people of the Third House further west. Some settled in Hithlum and some (following Aradan's son, Magor) moved into the vales of the southern slopes of the Ered Wethrin.[2]

[edit] Genealogy


[edit] Etymology

Aradan was the name given to Malach in Hithlum when he went to serve the Kings of the Noldor. The name means "Noble Man" in Sindarin (from ara- = "noble" and adan = "Man").[2]

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

Originally it was Hador Lórindol who led the people of the third house of the Edain across the Ered Luin into Beleriand; when this was changed so that Marach became the earliest leader then Malach was added to the ancestors of Hador.[1]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", Commentary, (ii) The House of Hador
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"