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was a metal crafted by the Vala Aulë
. It was used in the chain Angainor
that bound Melkor
(also known as Melko
- "Behold, Aule now gathered six metals, copper, silver, tin, lead, iron, and gold, and taking a portion of each made with his magic a seventh which he named therefore tilkal, and this had all the properties of the six and many of its own. It's colour was bright green or red in varying lights and it could not be broken, and Aule alone could forge it. Thereafter he forged a mighty chain, making of it all seven metals welded with spells to a substance of uttermost hardness and brightness and smoothness, but of tilkal he had not sufficient to add more than a little to each link."
- ― The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Chapter IV, "The Chaining of Melko"