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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:16 am 
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#410 *Elmo, younger brother of Elwë & Olwë – sinda prince
CT revealed him as “a shadowy figure about whom nothing is told save that he was the younger brother of Elwë (Thingol) & Olwë, and was ‘beloved of Elwë with whom he remained’.” He was also the grandfather of Celeborn, and likely died in the Ruin of Doriath. [TG:8,EA15,WK:7,DK:1,UT:6,H11:2=39pts,4indx.pgs]

#409 Tar-Ardamin, 19th King of Númenor – númenórean king
Tar-Ardamin was the son of Tar-Calmacil, and was the last King to use a Quenya name, although in private he was known as Ar-Abattârik, "Pillar of the World". His son abandoned official tradition, and used Adûnaic in his official name, Ar-Adûnakhôr. Tar-Ardamin fails to appear in the LotR Appendix list, but CT explains this as simple scribal error. [TG:21,Eä:3,WK:7,DK:1,LR:1,UT:4,LE:2=39pts,4indx.pgs]

#408 Angbor the Fearless, Lord of Lamedon – gondorian dúnadan lord
He led the men of Lamedon during the War of the Ring in a fight against southern invaders seeking to capture Linhir & the fords of Gilrain. However, they fled on the arrival of the Army of the Dead, and Aragorn then bade Angbor to gather his folk and advance to Pelargir where "the Heir of Isildur will have need of you". Angbor’s force arrived after the Shadow Host had cleared the ships, and as Aragorn & company rowed north upon the Anduin, he led his horsemen north by land. In the debate before the march to Morannan, Aragorn assured Imrahil that new strength was on the way, stating that Angbor, whom he named "the fearless", was marching through Lossarnach with 4,000 men. [TG:16,Eä:3,WK:2,RF:5,JT:10,LR:1,H8:2=39pts,5indx.pgs]

#407 Arvegil, 11th King of Arthedain – arnorian dúnadan king
Arvegil succeeded his father, Argeleb II, in 1670 T.A., and ruled for 73yrs. He witnessed the foundation of the Shire, and the spread of the Great Plague into Eriador during his father's reign. Arvegil lived 190yrs, longer than any of his descendants until Aragorn, and was succeeded by his son Arveleg II in 1743 T.A. [TG:20,Eä:8,WK:5,RF:2,JT:1,LR:1,H12:2=39pts,5indx.pgs]

#406 Ostoher, 7th King of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan king
Ostoher succeeded his father Anardil in 411 T.A., and ruled for 81yrs. He rebuilt and enlarged Minas Anor, which became his summer residence, establishing this as a tradition of his successors. In 490 T.A., 2yrs before Ostoher’s death, Easterlings invaded Gondor for the 1st time. His son and successor, Tarostar, eventually defeated this threat, and adopted the name Rómendacil (East-victor). [TG:14,Eä:8,WK:5,RF:4,JT:3,LR:1,H12:4=39pts,7indx.pgs]

#405 Fengel, 15th King of Rohan – rohirrim king
Fengel was the 3rd and only surviving son of Folcwine, and succeeded his father in 2903 T.A. at the age of 33. His older brothers, Folcred & Fastred, were killed fighting for Gondor, thus it is said Fengel, young & brotherless, became somewhat spoiled. He eventually became known for his greed and love of gold. His son Thengel left Rohan due to this, living in Gondor with his wife’s family. Fengel died after ruling 50yrs, and was succeeded by his son, who returned to Rohan. [TG:13,Eä:4,WK:3,RF:3,JT:5,LR:1,H8:4,H12:6=39pts,7indx.pgs]

#404 Hirgon, messenger of Gondor – gondorian messenger
Hirgon was the emissary of Gondor who set out with a companion by the command of Denethor, narrowly escaping Orcs along the way, and presented the Red Arrow to Théoden on March 9, 3019 T.A. They rode back toward Minas Tirith the next day but were caught at the Rammas Echor by Sauron’s forces, and slain. When Théoden' Riders found their bodies, they understood that their message of help never arrived. [TG:11,Eä:3,WK:2,RF:4,JT:4,LR:1,H8:14=39pts,12indx.pgs]

#403 *Egalmoth, Lord of the House of the Heavenly Arch of Gondolin – noldo lord
Egalmoth appears in the more dominant half of the leaders of the 12 Houses of Gondolin. He wore a blue mantle upon which stars were embroidered in crystal, and wielded a unique curved sword, but trusted more to his bow with which he shot “further than any among that host”. Egalmoth survived the Fall of Gondolin, fleeing with the other survivors to the Mouths of Sirion, but died in the attack by the Sons of Fëanor. There is an early note that Egalmoth actually survived to lead some of the Noldor back to Valinor, but CT notes the contradictions this brings. Perhaps, like Glorfindel, he had a hastened reincarnation. [TG:13,WK:1,H2:4,B2:14,FG:3,H11:2,H12:2=39pts,14indx.pgs]

#402 Hareth of the Haladin, mother of Húrin Thalion (f) – 2nd house adan
Born in 419 F.A., she was the elder daughter of Halmir, 3rd Lord of the Haladin. Hareth married Galdor, lord of the House of Hador, and bore him 2 sons, Húrin & Huor. Her name is likely a synonym for ‘lady’, as it appears in Tûr Haretha, ‘the Ladybarrow’ - the burial mound of Haleth. [TG:16,Eä:1,WK:1,RF:3,JT:3,DK:1,SL:2,CH:2,UT:4,H11:6=39pts,15indx.pgs]

#401 Fíriel of “The Last Ship” (f) – hobbit?
She was amongst the characters I debated several posts ago (along with the Eagle-Lords & Herumors) that may or may not be one-&-the-same as other characters, and so decisions had to be made before I entered the top 300 or 400. But because Fíriel Fairbairn appeared so early on this list, I felt it would have been unjustified to leave her there as the same character from this important poem. Further, I decided to leave separate all these characters, rather than conjoin them on my own accord. So this enigmatic main character of the poem “The Last Ship” appears here, with just a personal nod to the high probability that she is none other than Fíriel Fairbairn (both only appearing in AdvsTB), the aged grand-daughter of Sam, who is rhetorically (or not) asked to join the 3 last-departing Elf-lords - Círdan, Celeborn & Thranduil – in the Last Ship to the West, on the banks of the river Lhûn, just down from her Tower Hills home, some short years following the passing of Elessar. [TG:15,WK:1,RF:5,JT:19=40pts,0indx.pgs]


And so, as summer ends, and Bilbo & Frodo’s birthdays pass, we enter the top 3rd of this list. I’ll double my efforts to get as far as possible by the release of the last movie, and the end of 2014, but we're probably looking at March 25th of next year. :)


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:17 pm 
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This is weird. I was despairing that there was no new entries, only to find that despite the fact that the board was showing that there was no new posts since July, there actually was a new post two days ago. So Yay! but I am concerned about the board glitch. And now I will actually read the new entry!

Edited to add: We are getting closer and closer to the main characters, with the appearance e.g. of Théoden's grandfather Húrin's mother, and Thingol's brother.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:11 am 
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As we now enter the top third of the list, with the exception of asterisked characters (only 20 remain, starting with #400 below), and Rulers, who I’ll continue to give a brief rundown of stats & highlights (as in #399 below), I’ll start assuming we’re approaching well-known territory. That is, I trust the Great Goblin (#395 below) needs no biographical summary, and the mere manner of his placement on this list will readily suffice, as will those from here on in.

Also, let’s note (if you haven’t read John Garth’s latest blog, or taken note on your own account), that Tolkien’s legendarium just turned 100 on Sept. 24 with the anniversary of Tolkien’s writing of ‘The Voyage of Éarendel’ at Phoenix Farm. (Further, Garth not only notes 2014 being the date of publication of ‘The Notion Club Papers’ in the conceit of the legendarium, but inadvertently adds some justification to the high placing on this list of the Club’s last member, who's still to appear).


#400 *Amdír Malgalad, King of Lórien, father of Amroth – sinda king
Only appearing in UT notes within the chapter ‘The History of Galadriel & Celeborn’, and never with both names conjoined, CT nonetheless equates Amdír with Malgalad, as both are separately mentioned as the Sindarin ruler leading the Silvan forces of Lórien in the Last Alliance under the command of Gil-galad and perishing in the Battle of Dagorlad. Oropher King of Greenwood, leading his own forces in the Battle, suffered the same fate. It may be speculated that Amdír, like Oropher, was also a noble Sinda who survived Doriath - both having sons of similar station that inherited their respective realms for the 3rd Age, albeit Amroth’s reign lasting only 2 millennia. A further link to equating the 2 names may be in the way they form a given-name & epithet, similar to Elwë Thingol, used separately more often than not (Malgalad possibly meaning “shining-gold”, or “golden-tree”). [TG:25,WK:9,UT:6=40pts,4indx.pgs]

#399 Hador, 7th Ruling Steward of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan ruling-steward
He succeeded his father Túrin I in 2278 T.A., and ruled for 117yrs. Hador ruled entirely during the Watchful Peace, but is most noted for making the millennial adjustment on the 300th anniversary of the Stewards’ Reckoning by adding an extra day to the calendar. He was succeeded by his son Barahir after living to the age of 150, the last Gondorian to live to such an age. [TG:19,Eä:8,WK:1,RF:3,JT:4,LR:1,H12:4=40pts,4indx.pgs]

#398 Lothíriel of Dol Amroth, Queen of Rohan (f) – gondorian dúnadan queen
She was of course the daughter of Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, and wife of Éomer after their wedding at the end of the 3rd Age, together being the parents of Elfwine the Fair, 19th King of Rohan. Her 3 older brothers were Elphir, Erchirion, & Amrothos, the eldest becoming the 23rd Prince of Dol Amroth upon the death of Imrahil in year 34 of the 4th Age. [TG:17,Eä:6,WK:4,RF:3,JT:3,LR:1,UT:4,H12:2=40pts,5indx.pgs]

#397 Asfaloth, white horse of Glorfindel – equine mount
Remarkably swift, outrunning the black steeds of the Riders, Asfaloth of course carried Frodo safely beyond the Ford of Bruinen. It was Rhona Beare’s 1958 letter that ensured his ‘bridle & bit’ was appropriately changed to ‘headstall’ in future LotR editions. [TG:22,Eä:2,WK:8,RF:3,JT:2,LR:1,H6:2=40pts,8indx.pgs]

#396 Folcwine, 14th King of Rohan – rohirrim king
He succeeded his father Folca the Hunter in 2864 T.A. Folcwine drove the Dunlendings out of the west-march, but also sent his twin sons Folcred & Fastred to their death in aid of Gondor against Harad in fulfillment of the Oath of Eorl. When he died at the age of 73 in 2903, his youngest son Fengel succeeded him. Folcwine was also the great-grandfather of Théoden. [TG:10,Eä:2,WK:2,RF:6,JT:7,LR:1,UT:6,H8:2,H9:2,H12:2=40pts,13indx.pgs]

#395 The Great Goblin – orc chieftain
He was around #500 until I included the Tolkien Gateway. Now he cracks the top-400, due in part to his appearance in the latest movies. Things equal out, I suppose, since characters of The Hobbit are unindexed. This Great One’s 15 indexed pages all come from Rateliff’s History of the Hobbit. [TG:22,Eä:3,WK:2,RF:4,JT:5,JR:4=40pts,15indx.pgs]

#394 Ulfang the Black – easterling chieftain
2 of his sons have appeared already, while the other won’t appear for a while; no doubt ranked by the severity of their respective epithets. [TG:10,Eä:1,WK:3,RF:6,JT:1,SL:3,H4:8,H5:4,H11:2,MD:2=40pts,34indx.pgs]

#393 Arahael, 2nd Chieftain of the Dúnedain – arnorian dúnadan chieftain
He succeeded his father Aranarth in 2106 T.A., and ruled for 65yrs. Arahael was raised by Elrond in Rivendell, and ruled during the Watchful Peace. He was succeeded by his son Aranuir in 2177 after his death at the age of 165. [TG:19,Eä:6,WK:6,RF:3,JT:2,LR:1,H12:4=41pts,4indx.pgs]

#392 Thorin I, King of Durin’s Folk – dwarf king
He was the great-grandson of Durin VI, and was born in Erebor, succeeding his father Thráin I in 2190 T.A. as King under the Mountain. Thorin I decided to leave the Lonely Mountain in 2210 T.A., reuniting his people with those in the Grey Mts. He was succeeded by his son Glóin after ruling 99yrs, and died in 2289 at the age of 254. [TG:19,Eä:1,WK:1,RF:3,JT:3,DD:11,LR:1,H12:2=41pts,6indx.pgs]

#391 Tarondor, 27th King of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan king
He became King when his uncle Telemnar & his children died of the Great Plague in 1636 T.A. Tarondor permanently relocated the king's house to Minas Anor during this time, reordering the realm, and planted a seedling of the White Tree in the citadel there. He died in 1798 at the age of 221, after reigning 162yrs, and was succeeded by his son Telumehtar Umbardacil. [TG:15,Eä:3,WK:5,RF:6,JT:9,LR:1,H12:2=41pts,7indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:02 am 
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Not letting any anniversary go unnoted in 2014, this is the 29th of September: the passing of the Ringbearers, ending the 3rd Age. To which only 1 of the following 10 characters could have, and probably would have, been cognizant…


#390 Fíriel of Gondor, Queen of Arthedain (f) – gondorian dúnadan queen
This 3rd child & daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor, whose marriage to Arvedui of Arthedain in 1940 T.A. was meant to re-establish the alliance of Gondor & Arnor, is the last of the Fíriels to appear on this list. The alliance came to naught due to war upon both kingdoms, which saw the Crown of Gondor pass to the successful war-leader Eärnil, instead of Fíriel the rightful surviving heiress under Númenórean Law. In the end, through Arvedui, her line re-claimed the Crown via Aragorn. [TG:16,Eä:2,WK:7,RF:3,JT:8,LR:1,H12:4=41pts,8indx.pgs]

#389 Húrin the Tall, Warden of the Keys of Gondor – gondorian lord
Speaking of which (see above) it is of course Húrin of the Keys, soldier of Minas Tirith, who has the claim to fame of opening the gate to the City upon the coronation of King Elessar. [TG:11,Eä:8,WK:5,RF:6,JT:3,LR:2,H8:4,H12:2=41pts,9indx.pgs]

#388 Dagnir, outlaw companion of Barahir – 1st house adan outlaw
2 members of Barahir’s fateful band of survivors appear here in a row (see below), although their apportionment of points is quite different. [TG:11,Eä:4,WK:1,RF:3,JT:4,SL:2,H3:4,H4:8,H5:2,H11:2=41pts,9indx.pgs]

#387 Radhruin, outlaw companion of Barahir – 1st house adan outlaw
These 2 (see above) aren’t the first of Barahir’s band to appear on the list, and they certainly won’t be the last. [TG:12,Eä:5,WK:1,RF:3,JT:2,SL:2,H3:4,H4:4,H5:6,H11:2=41pts,11indx.pgs]

#386 Forlong the Fat, Lord of Lossarnach – gondorian lord
Whether Forlong is better known as “the Fat” or “the Old” is neither here nor there, as he is best known by the people of Minas Tirith as “True heart, true friend!”, and forever remembered in the ‘Song of the Mounds of Mundberg’. [TG:13,Eä:4,WK:4,RF:6,JT:8,LR:2,H8:4=41pts,12indx.pgs]

#385 Eärendur, 10th and last King of Arnor – arnorian dúnadan king
He succeeded his father Elendur in 777 T.A., and ruled 84yrs until his death in 861at the age of 221. His making the top 400 has little to do with his reign, but is largely due to his death, as his 3 squabbling sons then split Arnor into 3 Kingdoms. The eldest son and rightful heir, Amlaith of Fornost 1st King of Arthedain, successfully carried the line through to Aragorn. Eärendur is the namesake of 2 Númenóreans: the 2nd son of Tar-Amandil (inside the top 900), as well as the 15th Lord of Andúnië (inside the top 500). [TG:22,Eä:2,WK:4,RF:3,JT:4,LR:1,SL:1,H12:4=41pts,12indx.pgs]

#384 Bergil son of Beregond of Gondor – gondorian boy
Without taking stock, I suspect Bergil is one of the higher ranking children on the list. Over three-quarters of his points come from 3 sources: HoMe8, Tolkien Gateway, & Wikipedia, the latter having a combined entry of ‘Beregond & Bergil’, but each with his own heading, thus points were easily split. [TG:12,Eä:2,WK:10,RF:3,LR:2,H8:10,H12:2=41pts,18indx.pgs]

#383 *Ingil son of Ingwë, Prince of all Elves and 1st Lord of Tol Eressëa – vanya prince
He’s the 19th ranked asterisked character, existing only in HoMe. His mother remains unknown, while his legacy is to remain the High Prince of all Elves in divine perpetuity. It was Ingil who led the High Elves in the War of Wrath, winning the Battle of Eglorest upon landing, driving the Orcs from the coast. After successfully aiding the prosecution of the War, Ingil was the first to settle Eressëa, gathering there all the wisest & fairest Elves, including those of the Exiles. He had a great tower of renown built there in Kortirion. Meril-i-Turinqi, the Lady of Tol Eressëa at the time of Eriol, names Ingwë her great-grandfather, making Ingil either her grandfather or grand-uncle; and says that Ingil eventually returned to Valinor and is with Manwë, which may loosely explain the Lost Tale notebook C draft. It outlines how Morgoth at one point breaks free from imprisonment, with Sauron’s help, and comes to Eressëa to cause dissent. There he is wounded by Ingil & Telimektar son of Tulkas, and pursued up the Great Pine of Tavrobel into the sky, where they remain the keepers of perpetual watch over Morgoth: Ingil being the Blue Bee of Sirius who follows Orion, that is Telimektar. [TG:7,WK:1,JG:2,H1:11,H2:4,H4:12,H5:2,H11:2=41pts,34indx.pgs]

#382 Tar-Vanimeldë, 16th Ruler of Númenor (f) – númenórean ruling-queen
She was the 3rd and last Ruling Queen of Númenor, being the daughter of Tar-Telemmaitë. Tar-Vanimeldë left state affairs to her husband, paying little heed to government, preferring the arts. Herucalmo, of noble descent himself, effectively ruled Númenor while his wife held the Sceptre. When she died, the kingship should have passed to their son Alcarin, but Herucalmo refused to give up power, usurping the throne for 20yrs as Tar-Anducal. However, the kingship passed back to its rightful heir, Tar-Alcarin, upon the death of Herucalmo. [TG:14,Eä:7,WK:2,RF:3,JT:1,LR:1,UT:4,LE:10=42pts,2indx.pgs]

#381 Nár, companion of Thrór – dwarf adventurer
He set out as sole companion of the King of Durin’s Folk from Dunland, where Thrór's people were living at the time. Their journey brought them to Moria, where Thrór insisted on entering the old dwarf kingdom now infested by orcs, against Nár’s pleas. The old companion was to stay behind and wait for the King near the gate, but instead he was the last dwarf ever to see Thrór alive. The Orc chieftain beheaded the King, and allowed Nár to escape with the message that 'Azog rules Moria', and dwarves best stay away or suffer the same fate. Nár returned to Dunland and delivered the message, causing such anger that led to the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. [TG:18,Eä:7,WK:1,RF:3,JT:10,LR:1,H12:2=42pts,3indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:44 pm 
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#380 Hyarmendacil II, 24th King of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan king
He was still known as Vinyarion when he succeeded his father Aldamir, who was slain by the Haradrim in 1540 T.A. Vinyarion then led Gondor's forces in avenging his father’s death. In 1551 he was victorious over the Haradrim, and adopted the name Hyarmendacil II, the 2nd to be recognized as ‘South-victor’. He died in 1621, after ruling 81yrs, and was succeeded by his son Minardil. [TG:12,Eä:6,WK:4,RF:6,JT:5,LR:1,H12:8=42pts,5indx.pgs]

#379 Eärnil I, 13th King of Gondor & 2nd Ship-king – gondorian dúnadan king
In 913 T.A. Eärnil succeeded his childless uncle Tarannon Falastur, being the son of his younger brother Tarciryan. Eärnil then continued Tarannon’s ambitious maritime policies by building a great navy, repairing the havens of Pelargir, and capturing Umbar in 933. However, at the age of 200 he was lost at sea near Umbar in 936 and was succeeded by his son Ciryandil. [TG:16,Eä:2,WK:4,RF:5,JT:12,LR:1,H12:2=42pts,6indx.pgs]

#378 Ohtar, esquire of Isildur – arnorian dúnadan squire
He served as the esquire of Isildur, and was with the King’s company when they were ambushed at the Gladden Fields. Ohtar was one of only 3 survivors of the Disaster, and rescued the shards of Narsil, returning them safely to Rivendell. Ohtar was likely an honorary title, rather than his real name. It is said he was held dear by Isildur. [TG:10,Eä:2,WK:5,RF:4,JT:10,LR:1,SL:2,UT:6,H12:2=42pts,8indx.pgs]

#377 Beren, 19th Ruling Steward of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan ruling-steward
He succeeded his father Egalmoth who died in 2743 T.A. Beren fought the Corsairs of Umbar and Harad for much of his reign, being assailed by their fleets. But during the Long Winter of 2758-9 Rohan was attacked by Dunlendings, and neither nation could help the other. Therefore Beren willingly gave Saruman the key to Orthanc when he asked for leave to dwell in Isengard. Beren died at age 108, after ruling 20yrs, and was succeeded by his son Beregond in 2763. [TG:18,Eä:1,WK:2,RF:7,JT:7,LR:1,UT:4,H12:2=42pts,9indx.pgs]

#376 Fundin, father of Balin & Dwalin – dwarf soldier
In the line of Durin’s Folk, he was great-grandson of Náin II, and the son of Farin. Fundin was likely born in Erebor, going into exile with his people after Smaug’s attack. He was killed along with his kinsman Frerin and many others in the Battle of Azanulbizar, beneath the East-gate of Moria. After the battle his body and the others were burned on a wooden pyre. Balin & Dwalin were just 36 & 27 years of age. [TG:16,Eä:2,WK:4,RF:3,JT:3,LR:2,UT:4,H6:4,H7:2,H12:2=42pts,14indx.pgs]

#375 Brand, 3rd King of (new) Dale – northman king
Of the line of the Kings of Dale, only 1 remains after Brand’s appearance here. Bard II, the 4th of the new kingdom, was back at #637; Girion, the last king of old, was #483; Bain, the 2nd of the new kingdom, was #459; and here is the king during the War of the Ring. We’ll of course have to wait a bit for the 1st king of the new kingdom to appear. [TG:20,Eä:2,WK:1,RF:3,JT:4,LR:2,UT:4,H6:4,H7:2=42pts,18indx.pgs]

#374 Nob, junior inn-keeper of The Prancing Pony – hobbit inn-keeper
A bit of discrepancy exists between when Bob appeared in the 600’s, and when Nob appears here; as Nob gets 23pts from Tolkien Gateway, which was only factored in for the 2nd half of this list. Nonetheless, Nob was going to chime in slightly ahead due to more HoMe references. Chalk it up to a junior inn-keeper outranking an ostler, with neither cracking the inviolable top 300 in the end. [TG:23,Eä:1,WK:1,RF:3,JT:4,LR:2,H6:4,H7:2,H9:2=42pts,25indx.pgs]

#373 *Hardang, 7th Chieftan of the Haladin – 2nd house adan chieftan
He’s the 18th ranked asterisked character (yes a countdown within a countdown). Only one-seventh of his points come from the books (1 book actually), the rest coming from 2 internet sources: Tolkien Gateway & Wikipedia. (The Encyclopedia of Arda as a rule doesn’t recognize asterisked characters). Yet Hardang was the prime antagonist of ‘The Wanderings of Húrin’, jailing and persecuting a hero who spent 28yrs tortured by the Devil no less. He, like Brandir, Túrin, & Manthor, was a great-grandson of the 3rd Chieftain Halmir, the latter 2 descended from his daughters. Brandir was directly in line and became the 6th Chieftain. But Hardang used all persuasion to attempt to have Brandir removed, as unfit to rule. In the end, when Brandir died childless, Hardang was elected chieftain, only because he was next in line. Manthor was the more popular candidate with much of the Folk of Brethil, and was in fact Brandir’s choice as heir. Upon the return of Húrin, old & alone as he was, Hardang had no sympathy, disliking the House of Hador, and exacerbated his torment by undue trial. It was up to Manthor to defend Húrin. The result was the people’s rage towards Hardang, the burning of the Hall of Chieftains, the killing of Hardang as he tried to escape, and the end of Brethil. [TG:15,WK:21,H11:6=42pts,36indx.pgs]

#372 Hallas, 13th Ruling Steward of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan ruling-steward
He succeeded his father Cirion in 2567 T.A., but rule of Minas Tirith was not new then to Hallas, as he was committed with it as early as 2510 in his father’s absence, fighting the Balchoth. Following that victory of the Battle of the Field of Celebrant, Hallas was not only witness to Cirion gifting Calenardhon to Eorl, but actually devised the names ‘Rohan’ & ‘Rohirrim’; a claim to fame that certainly warrants a #372 ranking. He died in 2605 at the age of 125yrs and was succeeded by his son Húrin II. [TG:16,Eä:12,WK:4,RF:2,JT:2,LR:1,UT:4,H12:2=43pts,5indx.pgs]

#371 *Legolas 'Greenleaf', of the House of the Tree of Gondolin – noldo scout
He was of the house of Galdor of the Tree in Gondolin, and was the guide for the evacuees of that City after its fall. Legolas/Laiqalassë had unusually keen eyesight, and knowledge of the mountain pass of Cristhorn. He likely guided the survivors all the way to the Mouths of Sirion, and was part of that community, since he is said to have lived in Tol Eressëa in later days. Connecting the dots, knowing that Oropher was likely a Doriath survivor at the Sirion encampment, and his son Thranduil had unusual golden hair, and that Thranduil named his own son Legolas; I put forth the logic that Oropher’s unknown wife was a Noldo survivor of Gondolin, that they met & wed at the intimate cosmopolitan community at Sirion’s Havens, and that she may have been a relative (sister?) of Legolas of Gondolin, and finally, that she perhaps perished in the 3rd Kinslaying there, since she has not been recorded. An entry of note in Tolkien’s lexicon is that of ‘Tári-Laisi’ in the HoMe1 name-list, which gives a credible explanation of how Legolas can mean both ‘Greenleaf’ and ‘Keen-sight’ at the same time; as the Noldor “delighted to give two similar-sounding names of dissimilar meaning” (Galad/Galadh, Light/Tree, being a prime example, as they were one-&-the-same in the Years of the Trees - my note). One need not get rankled in canonical vexation because of an overlapping name within the legendarium. Do what Tolkien did - with his late Glorfindel essay for example (solving the riddle of one Glorfindel or two) - make sense of the magic of all he wrote and embrace the larger legendarium. But I digress, yes this Legolas is the 17th ranked asterisked character, and he will not be denied his place on this list. :) [TG:11,WK:11,H1:11,H2:10=43pts,6indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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I'm actually pretty surprised that the original Legolas is this high in the list. But one can't argue with the system! And I think that I will adopt "make sense of the magic of all he wrote and embrace the larger legendarium" as my rallying cry!!!!!!11

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Yes, well, I realize I'm preaching to the choir. (Let me say though, that I do love the way that John Garth is carrying the torch for those of us that actually do embrace it!) :)


#370 Leaflock – ent
Leaflock, or Finglas in Sindarin, the ‘sleepy, most tree-like’ Ent, is the first to appear here of the 3 oldest Shepherds of the Trees. (And, to note, I’ve classified the occupations of all Ents as ‘shepherds’ due to that descriptive epithet, thus joining Ulbar of Hyarastorni in the list of those of that pastoral vocation). [TG:11,Eä:2,WK:4,RF:6,JT:5,DD:8,MD:1,LR:2,H7:4=43pts,6indx.pgs]

#369 Náin I, King of Durin’s Folk – dwarf king
He was the son and successor of Durin VI, who was slain after the dwarves awoke the Balrog in 1980 T.A. But Náin ruled for only one year, before he himself was slain by the Balrog in 1981 at the age of 149. He was succeeded by his son Thráin, who led his folk back to Erebor. [TG:15,Eä:6,WK:1,RF:3,JT:13,LR:1,H7:2,H12:2=43pts,8indx.pgs]

#368 Harry Goatleaf, keeper of the west-gate of Bree – northman guard
After a 2nd go-through, as I do for each character here, I’ve noticed that a 1206th character should be added to this list. Appearing nowhere else but under Harry’s index entries in HoMe’s 6 & 7, is his brother Ned Goatleaf, who apparently looked after the gate sometimes when Harry was away. In the drafts, upon the hobbits’ arrival in Bree, Harry’s remarks at the gate indicate that Ned was probably there with him at the time. 2 of Harry’s points, and 3 indexed pages, should’ve been awarded to Ned, but since he lacks an indexed entry to himself, he can be added to the zero-points characters now comprising #’s 1180-1206. [TG:11,Eä:6,WK:8,RF:4,JT:4,LR:2,H6:4,H7:4=43pts,26indx.pgs]

#367 Snowmane, steed of Théoden – meara mount
Master’s Bane, as is carved in the poem upon Snowmane’s Howe, may be a little unfair to this horse of Rohan, who was pierced by the Witch-king’s dart after all. However, Verlyn Flieger does note the poetic paradox in her analysis of that verse in Drout’s Encyclopedia. Snowmane’s sire was Lightfoot (back at #745), both of which were quite likely of the Mearas. [TG:9,Eä:1,WK:3,RF:4,JT:10,DD:7,MD:3,LR:2,H7:2,H8:2=43pts,26indx.pgs]

#366 Bór the Faithful – easterling soldier
He was leader of a tribe of Easterlings that came into Beleriand after the Battle of Sudden Flame in 455 F.A., and had 3 sons, Borlad, Borlach, & Borthand. But unlike Ulfang the Black & his sons, Bór repented his peoples’ affiliations with Morgoth, and the dark sons of Fëanor, instead swearing loyalty to Maedhros & Maglor. They faced off in the Battle of Unnumbered Tears in 472, where Bór’s sons slew 2 of Ulfang’s sons, before being killed themselves. Uldor the Accursed will be the last to appear on this list of both these families. [TG:9,Eä:3,WK:3,RF:3,JT:7,MD:2,SL:2,H4:4,H5:4,H11:4,H12:2=43pts,32indx.pgs]

#365 Tar-Amandil, 3rd King of Númenor – númenórean king
Effectively the 2nd Ruler after Elros Tar-Minyatur, as his father Vardamir declined the Sceptre and was only a titular King. Tar-Amandil ruled for 148yrs, until 590 S.A., when he abdicated in favour of his eldest son Tar-Elendil. This tradition of renouncing the Sceptre prior to death was observed by most Númenórean Kings until Tar-Atanamir. [TG:22,Eä:2,WK:4,RF:2,JT:3,LR:1,UT:6,LE:4=44pts,4indx.pgs]

#364 Emeldir the Manhearted, mother of Beren Erchamion (f) – 1st house adan
She was born in 406 F.A., and became the wife of Barahir. Following the Battle of Sudden Flame, and ruin of Dorthonion, she led the survivors of the House of Bëor to Brethil, while her husband & son became outlaws. She is listed in Anna Smol’s ‘Gender in Tolkien’s Works’ entry in Drout’s Encyclopedia, as being among those that strongly counter female stereotypes, of which Tolkien is often accused. [TG:15,Eä:2,WK:1,RF:7,JT:5,MD:2,DK:1,SL:5,H10:2,H11:4=44pts,15indx.pgs]

#363 *Galdor, Lord of the House of the Tree of Gondolin – noldo lord
Galdor appears just ahead of Legolas, also of the Tree (at #371), and is actually the 17th asterisked character remaining (I previously miscounted). He is the last asterisked Lord of the 12 Houses of Gondolin: the 5 heavies that remain all made it into the published Sil. Galdor was said to be Gondolin’s bravest, save Turgon himself. He wore green, wielded a great club or spear, and made it to the Mouths of Sirion after the Fall of the City. It’s stated that he later, like Legolas, dwelt in Tol Eressëa. Tolkien concluded that this Galdor was not the same as the character of the same name in LotR. [TG:15,WK:8,H2:6,B2:7,FG:8=44pts,16indx.pgs]

#362 & #361 Gelmir & Arminas – noldo messengers
Their points are identical, as they are usually indexed together. They were Elves of Angrod’s people living by the Mouths of Sirion, and were sent as messengers by Círdan, who had received a message from Ulmo. The message was a warning to Nargothrond to shut its doors and demolish its bridge to prevent attack. Along the way, they met Tuor, and helped him in seeking the Gate of the Noldor. When they eventually delivered their message to Orodreth, who was then relying principally on the counsel of Túrin, their advice was scorned and ignored. The result was the Sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung. Their contribution may not seem worthy of their ranking, but they appear in nearly all the tales of Túrin, from the ‘Lost Tales’ to The Children of Húrin. Plus both CT & Kane make note of the puzzling way a text of their exploits was written after the fact, apparently to be included in the ‘Grey Annals’. [TG:13,Eä:2,RF:3,JT:5,DK:1,SL:2,CH:2,H2:4,H3:2,H11:4,UT:6=44pts,21indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:25 am 
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I would have thought that Lightfoot’s foal would have been a bit higher.

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And if it weren't for David Day's A-Z of Tolkien he would've been 7pts lower! (It'll become clear below why I point this out).

We’ve got at least 3 characters here of questionable status, depending on your disposition, none of which are the very deserving horses or hobbits. Do bear in mind we’re still outside the top 350!


#360 Arod, horse of Legolas – equine mount
Banished this year for use of steroids, he’s expected back in the Yankee lineup next year… oh, sorry… um Éomer gave Arod to Legolas, but the swift & loyal horse probably would’ve appreciated some performance enhancing drugs to get him to willingly enter the Paths of the Dead, not to mention carrying Gimli for as long as he did! [TG:10,EoA:3,WK:9,RF:5,JT:2,MD:1,LR:2,H6:2,H7:6,H8:2,H9:2=44pts,22indx.pgs]

#359 Hasufel, horse of Aragorn – equine mount
He has identical points & indexed pages as his compatriot Arod above, but with somewhat different allotments. Hasufel was of course Aragorn’s mount, also gifted by Éomer, until he was brought his own horse Roheryn by Halbarad following the Battle of the Hornburg. [TG:7,EoA:4,WK:12,RF:2,JT:4,MD:1,LR:2,H7:6,H8:2,H9:2,H12:2=44pts,22indx.pgs]

#358 Rorimac ‘Goldfather’ Brandybuck, Master of Buckland @ – hobbit master
Also known as ‘Old Rory’, he was the oldest son of Gorbadoc and became Master of Buckland upon his death in 1363 S.R. After the drownings of his sister Primula & husband Drogo Baggins in 1380, Rorimac took on the guardianship of their son, until Frodo later moved to Bag End. Bilbo left Rory a dozen of bottles of Old Winyards on his departure. [TG:16,EoA:6,WK:1,RF:5,JT:4,LR:2,H6:8,H9:2=44pts,23indx.pgs]

#357 & #356 *Gethron & *Grithnir, companions of Túrin Turambar – 3rd house adan messengers
They were aged servants of the House of Hador, sent by Morwen to accompany Túrin to Doriath. They’re mentioned, but not named, in the published Sil. Like Gelmir & Arminas (last post), they’ve existed through multiple versions of Túrin’s tales. In his prime, Grithnir was said to have travelled Beleriand widely, coming to know its ways, and for this reason he was selected as one of the guides. In the end Túrin was brought to Doriath successfully and, after Gethron’s plea, accepted into Thingol’s court. Grithnir became sick while a guest there, and died before he could journey home. [TG:9,WK:1,CH:2,H2:4,H3:8,H4:8,H5:6,UT:6=44pts,28indx.pgs]

#355 *Alwin Arundel Lowdham, member of the Notion Club – english lecturer
He’s the 14th remaining asterisked character on the list, and the last to appear from the ‘Notion Club Papers’. Within that narrative framework, ‘Arry’ discusses his dreams about Númenor and the languages of Middle-earth; most notably Adûnaic, for which Lowdham is the primary source for Tolkien linguists. HoMe9 contains ‘Lowdham’s Report on the Adunaic Language’, which reveals Adûnaic words, noun declensions, verb conjugations, a description of the phonology/morphology, and even its relationship to Quenya & Dwarvish. Carl Hostetter calls it “an extensive story and internal historical sketch of Adûnaic”. However, like all Notion Club characters, Lowdham has no entry in Tolkien Gateway. He does get 1pt from Wikipedia in its Notion Club entry; 38pts from HoMe9, his single primary source (including 153 indexed pages); as well as 5pts from Drout’s Encyclopedia, in which he appears in no less than 4 entries: Hostetter’s ‘Elvish Compositions & Grammars’, Miryam Moreno’s ‘Latin Language’, Thomas Honegger’s ‘Ælfwine’, and Jason Fisher’s ‘Sauron Defeated’. Further, just 12 days ago, upon the 100th anniversary of Tolkien’s writing of ‘The Voyage of Éarendel’ at his aunt’s farm in Gedling, John Garth in his blog revealed the discovery that a short walk away lies the neighbouring village of… Lowdham! That he, in a Notion Club meeting, quotes from the Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Crist’ (Éarendel), the verse that initiated the legendarium, very near the town of Lowdham, is more than a coincidence according to Garth. A dispensible character? A grotesque uncanonical abomination?? I think not. Nor does John Garth or Carl Hostetter. [WK:1,MD:5,H9:38=44pts,153indx.pgs]

#354 Fastiticalon – turtle-fish
Hey, here’s a character published by Tolkien in his lifetime! (sorry, couldn’t resist). Yes, this legendary sea monster gets more than half its points courtesy of David Day. But without factoring in Day’s A-Z, all animals, creatures, & dwarves would take a significant hit, and Khamûl would drop down close to #500, whereas he’s just shy of the top 200, closer to where he ought to be. Plus, it’s the only Day book I used, so allow me that, ha. Fastiticalon also gets points from Tolkien Gateway, Wikipedia, and Foster’s Guide. [TG:11,WK:3,RF:3,DD:28=45pts,3indx.pgs]

#353 Telemnar, 26th King of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan king
Telemnar succeeded his father Minardil, who was killed in a surprise raid by Corsairs of Umbar in 1634 T.A. He then began to outfit a fleet, but was halted when the Great Plague struck. After reigning only 2yrs, Telemnar & all his children died, along with a large number of Gondorians. The White Tree also died, Osgiliath was deserted, and the watch on Mordor ceased. The Kingship then passed to Telemnar’s nephew Tarondor. Bad timing, and bad events, is likely why this King ranks so high. It’s definitely why he appears in the Sil, as well as 2 entries in Drout’s Encyclopedia. [TG:17,EoA:7,WK:5,RF:3,JT:5,MD:2,LR:1,SL:1,H12:4=45pts,11indx.pgs]

#352 Golfimbul – orc king
King of the Goblins of Mount Gram, he led an invasion of the Shire in 2747 T.A., but was defeated by Bandobras Took in the Battle of Greenfields. Whether the Bullroarer rode a horse in the battle is certainly a possibility. That he knocked down Golfimbul with a club is likewise within the realm of possibility. That he lopped off Golfimbul’s head with that club, sending it flying a hundred yards and landing in a rabbit hole, stretches the limits of believability. That this supposed incident invented our game of golf leaves the realm of believability far behind. Thus justifying the intrusion of character #1000 on this list - the narrator of The Hobbit! In the attempted 1960 rewrite, he was to be renamed Gulfimbul, and Rateliff speculates the golf-joke was to be eliminated. [TG:18,EoA:3,WK:4,RF:4,JT:6,JR:6,H9:2,H12:2=45pts,17indx.pgs]

#351 Bungo Baggins, father of Bilbo – hobbit
Okay, getting to someone we all know and love, and think he should be ranked higher - the builder of Bag End is here, just shy of the top 350. Obviously his more important creation will appear much nearer to the top, and Belladonna Took will appear nearer to 300, likely since she’s one of the Old Took’s ‘remarkable daughters’. Incidentally, the highest ranking mother to have a child ranked ahead of her, yet a husband ranked below her will be… Aredhel; though Bilbo of course ranks higher than Maeglin. [TG:24,EoA:1,WK:2,RF:4,JT:4,MD:1,JR:4,LR:1,H6:4=45pts,25indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,EoA=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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Well, Aredhel is a major character in her own right, which one cannot say about Belladonna.

As for Arod being ranked higher than Snowmane, :doh:

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Well they’re only separated by a point - Arod getting 10pts from Tolkien Gateway as opposed to Snowmane’s 9 - due, I guess, to Orlando Bloom’s quote that the horse Percy (Arod) was “the friendliest on the set”. Hey, when I say the ‘larger legendarium’, I mean it! :) And.without TG added to the list, remember that a dark lord was #1, and an asterisked character made the top 100.

Hopefully you see no problem with the 4 horses that remain, the Mt. Rushmore if you will: Nahar, Bill, Felaróf, & Shadowfax!


#350 Mallor, 3rd King of Arthedain – arnorian dúnadan king
Born in 895 T.A., Mallor was the grandson of Amlaith of Fornost, founder of Arthedain. He succeeded his father Beleg in 1029 at the age of 134yrs and his ranking may be largely attributed to the times in which he ruled: the arrival of the Istari; the coming of halflings into Eriador; and the shadow falling on Greenwood ushering in the return of Sauron. He ruled for 81yrs, until the age of 215, and was succeeded by his son Celepharn in 1110. [TG:23,EoA:12,WK:5,RF:2,JT:1,LR:1,H12:2=46pts,3indx.pgs]

#349 Freca, father of Wulf – dunlending landowner
A lord of Rohan during the reign of Helm Hammerhand, he claimed descent from King Fréawine. Freca’s lands lay west of the Gap of Rohan on the Adorn, and he had Dunlending blood & dark hair. He obtained much wealth & power from his stronghold, and came to a council meeting in Rohan in 2754 T.A., accompanied by a retinue of men, requesting that Helm's daughter be wed to his son Wulf. The King was so incensed that after a confrontation he fatally struck Freca. Helm then declared Wulf & kin his enemies and the men fled west. Wulf will appear around #300. [TG:16,EoA:9,WK:2,RF:5,JT:11,LR:1,UT:2=46pts,3indx.pgs]

#348 Tar-Telperiën, 10th Ruler of Númenor & 2nd Ruling Queen (f) – númenórean ruling-queen
She was the eldest child of Tar-Súrion, and a proud and willful monarch. Little is known of Tar-Telperiën's reign, but she refused to wed and died without an heir. She also didn’t interfere in matters of Middle-earth, including the War of the Elves & Sauron which began during her reign. Tar-Telperiën died at the age of 411, long-lived even for one of Elros’ line, after ruling 175yrs. She was reluctant to give up power, and surrendered the Sceptre to her nephew Minastir just prior to her death. [TG:19,EoA:5,WK:4,RF:2,JT:4,LR:1,UT:4,LE:7=46pts,3indx.pgs]

#347 Náin, father of Dáin II Ironfoot – dwarf soldier
He was the son of Grór (#345 below), and lived 134yrs until 2799 T.A. when he was slain by Azog at the Battle of Azanulbizar. There, Náin led reinforcements to the Dimrill Dale, and fought his way up to the steps of the East-gate of Moria to duel with the Orc. But Náin, enraged & fatigued, was gotten the better of by Azog, who broke his neck. After the battle his body was burned, along with the rest, on wooden pyres. His son not only inherited the lordship of the Iron Hills, but eventually ruled Durin’s Folk as King Dáin II Ironfoot. [TG:20,EoA:3,WK:1,RF:3,JT:12,JR:2,LR:1,H7:2,H12:2=46pts,6indx.pgs]

#346 Ceorl, Rider of Rohan & messenger of Erkenbrand – rohirrim soldier
After the loss of the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen, Erkenbrand withdrew his Riders to Helm’s Deep. Ceorl was sent to warn Éomer of the situation, but came across Théoden’s army riding to defend the Fords. The message forced the King to reconsider his strategy, and instead rode to join Erkenbrand for the Battle of the Hornburg – a more than worthy claim to fame, I think. [TG:19,EoA:8,WK:13,RF:2,LR:1,UT:4=47pts,4indx.pgs]

#345 Grór, youngest son of Dáin I & founder of the Iron Hills – dwarf prince
He was the youngest of 3 sons of King Dáin I, who ruled in the Grey Mts during the war with the dragons. When Grór was just 26, Dáin I was killed by a Cold-drake. The 2 remaining sons then left the Grey Mts. Thrór, who inherited the Kingship, led his people back to Erebor. Grór however traveled further east and founded the realm of the Iron Hills, becoming its first Lord. During Grór’s lordship, Erebor was destroyed by Smaug, and Grór's son Náin was killed (see above). Under Grór's rule the Iron Hills became the strongest of the northern realms, their numbers boosted by many of those fleeing the Sack of Erebor. He ruled his people for 215yrs, and was succeeded by his grandson Dáin upon his death in 2805 T.A. at the age of 241. [TG:25,EoA:11,WK:2,RF:3,JT:3,LR:1,H12:2=47pts,5indx.pgs]

#344 Durin VI, King of Durin’s Folk – dwarf king
Durin VI ruled Durin's folk in Khazad-dûm until his death at the hands of the Balrog in 1980 T.A. at the age of 249. Near the end of his reign, the Dwarves, mining for mithril, awoke the creature that would become known as ‘Durin’s Bane’. Durin's VI’s son was slain shortly thereafter, leaving his grandson Thráin I to lead Durin's folk as the survivors fled their ancestral home. [TG:18,EoA:2,WK:2,RF:3,JT:6,DD:13,LR:1,H12:2=47pts,9indx.pgs]

#343 Minardil, 25th King of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan king
He succeeded his father Hyarmendacil II in 1621 T.A., but only reigned for another 13yrs, when he was killed at the age of 180. The Kin-strife had long ended with Castamir the Usurper’s escape to Umbar, and the Haradrim had been defeated by his father, but the raids continued. In 1634 Minardil visited Pelargir, thinking it safe, but spies alerted Castamir's great-grandsons Angamaitë & Sangahyando, who launched a raid ravaging Pelargir and slaying the King. More his claim to fame is that under Minardil, the House of the Stewards was founded, as Húrin of Emyn Arnen was made the 1st Steward, establishing the hereditary line. [TG:16,EoA:8,WK:4,RF:3,JT:9,LR:1,UT:4,H12:2=47pts,12indx.pgs]

#342 Telchar, smith of Nogrod – dwarf smith
One of the greatest smiths in history, this Dwarf of Nograd was trained by another great smith, Gamil Zirak. Of course among the renowned works of Telchar were the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin, the knife Angrist, and the sword Narsil. The very little we know of him surely prevents him from ranking higher. While he appears in a large number of the sources I’ve used, he actually takes up very little space. Even the derivation of his name leaves open speculation – possibly Sindarin, since the digraph ch is not used in Khuzdul. Jim Allan does note the resemblance to the ‘Telchines’, the excellent metallurgists of Greek mythology. [TG:13,EoA:3,WK:1,RF:2,JT:5,MD:2,LR:1,SL:3,CH:1,UT:2,H2:2,H3:2,H4:2,H5:6,H11:2=47pts,17indx.pgs]

#341 Baldor the Hapless, son of Brego – rohirrim adventurer
He was the grandson of Eorl the Young, and the prideful son of Brego. With his father, Baldor came to Harrowdale and found the Paths of the Dead. There he became curious by a riddle from an old man that forbade them passage, and at the inauguration of Meduseld in 2569 T.A., he vowed to pass through the Dark Door. Baldor did so a year later, and was never seen alive again, until the Grey Company on their passing found his body, legs broken, and sword notched. [TG:11,EoA:2,WK:5,RF:8,JT:12,LR:1,H8:6,H12:2=47pts,18indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,EoA=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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#340 Éomund of Eastfold, Chief Marshal of the Mark – rohirrim marshal
Parents of those that rank high on this list have already started to make appearances, sometimes when little is known of the parent at all. In this case, the father of 2 of the highest ranking Rohirrim, was given a brief obituary in the LotR Appendix A II list of Kings of the Mark, and a little more ancestry in UT ‘Battles of the Fords of Isen’ Appendix i. Éomund was the Lord of Aldburg, and a descendant of Eofor, 3rd son of Brego, the 2nd King of Rohan. He of course married Théodwyn, sister of the King to be; and, it is said, due to his rashness and hatred of Orcs, was slain in battle in the Emyn Muil in 3002 T.A. after unwisely pursuing an Orc raiding party into ambush. Théodwyn died of grief shortly after. [TG:14,EoA:2,WK:2,RF:7,JT:7,LR:3,UT:6,H7:2,H8:2,H12:2=47pts,18indx.pgs]

#339 Araval, 13th King of Arthedain – arnorian dúnadan king
He succeeded his father Arveleg II upon his death in 1813 T.A., when Araval was age 102 and Arthedain had been at war with Angmar for 4 centuries. This King’s claim-to-fame is that 38yrs later, he and the Elves of Lindon & Rivendell battled Angmar and won. Arthedain then attempted to re-occupy Cardolan, but were impeded by the barrow-wights. Araval ruled for 78yrs, dying at the age of 180, and was succeeded by his son Araphant, who endured more of Angmar’s attacks before being finally defeated, and the Dúnedain scattered, in the reign of Arvedui, grandson of Araval. [TG:26,EoA:9,WK:5,RF:2,JT:1,LR:1,H12:4=48pts,4indx.pgs]

#338 Tar-Calmacil, 18th Ruler of Númenor – númenórean king
He was responsible for extensive conquests along the coasts of Middle-earth, actions which forced Sauron to withdraw East. During his reign he was called Ar-Belzagar by the King’s Men, the first time a King’s name was spoken in Adûnaic. In LotR Appendix A, Ar-Adûnakhôr was listed as following Tar-Calmacil; while in UT’s ‘Line of Elros’, it was Tar-Ardamin. CT states that this was simply a mistaken omission. [TG:17,EoA:10,WK:3,RF:2,JT:1,LR:1,UT:6,LoE:8=48pts,5indx.pgs]

#337 Húrin of Emyn Arnen, 1st Steward of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan steward
The last 2 that are named Húrin & Túrin, before the originals appear over 300 positions hence, appear together here (see below). This Húrin, founder of the House of Stewards of Gondor, came from the hill region of Emyn Arnen, and was of Númenórean descent. He was chosen to serve under King Minardil, and did so honourably during the Great Plague. The Stewardship eventually became hereditary, and was synonomous with the House of Húrin. [TG:14,EoA:12,WK:6,RF:3,JT:3,LR:2,UT:6,H12:2=48pts,5indx.pgs]

#336 Túrin II, 23rd Ruling Steward of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan ruling-steward
At the age of 67, Túrin succeeded his father Thorondir upon his death in 2882 T.A. During his reign, Ithilien was attacked by Mordor, forcing Gondor to withdraw, with the exception of a few rangers remaining in hiding. Túrin then had secret refuges built for his soldiers there, including Henneth Annûn; and also fortified Cair Andros. In 2885, when Ithilien was again invaded, King Folcwine of Rohan fulfilled the Oath of Eorl, and sent men to Gondor. With their aid Túrin won a victory at the crossings of Poros. He ruled for 32yrs, dying at the age of 99 in 2914 T.A., and was succeeded by his son Turgon. [TG:19,EoA:2,WK:2,RF:6,JT:16,LR:1,H12:2=48pts,7indx.pgs]

#335 Celeborn, White Tree of Tol Eressëa (n)
All of the White Trees of Gondor have already appeared, so now their ancestors begin to chime in. Celeborn was a seeding of Galathilion, the Tree of Tirion, which in turn had been made in the image of Telperion, the eldest of the Two Trees of Valinor. It is also the White Tree of Tol Eressëa, and an ancestor to the White Trees of Númenor and Gondor; a lineage that was often conveyed across the high seas, to be rooted to grow high & proud in each successive blessed land - thus the tribute below... [TG:9,EoA:8,WK:7,RF:3,JT:3,SL:2,UT:2,H5:4,H9:4,H10:4,H12:2=48pts,10indx.pgs]


Ode to Celeborn, ancestors & descendants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PZ7-AhBuXE


#334 Dáin I, King of Durin’s Folk – dwarf king
He ruled Durin’s Folk after the death of his father Náin II, for 4yrs, from 2585 to 2589 T.A., when his people lived in the Grey Mts. Dáin had 3 sons, but both he and his 2nd son Frór were killed by a Cold-drake at the gate of his halls. After Dáin's death at the age of 149, his other 2 sons, Thrór and Grór, led Durin's folk south: Thrór led one group back to the Lonely Mtn., while Grór founded his own realm in the Iron Hills. [TG:16,EoA:2,WK:1,RF:3,JT:13,DD:10,LR:1,H12:2=48pts,11indx.pgs]

#333 Elenwë, wife of Turgon (f) – vanya
She was a Vanya, the wife of Turgon and mother of Idril Celebrindal. Elenwë had golden hair that she passed on to her daughter; and she followed her family with the departure of the Noldor from Aman. After Fëanor & and sons departed on the ships obtained in the Kinslaying, Fingolfin & Turgon took their people across Helcaraxë, and Elenwë was lost in the crossing – apparently the only full Vanya who came under the Doom of Mandos. [TG:20,EoA:1,WK:1,RF:3,JT:3,DK:4,SL:2,UT:4,H2:2,H11:6,H12:2=48pts,12indx.pgs]

#332 *Tinfang Warble, Birdward of Tol Eressëa – half-elf/maia minstrel
Also known as Timpinen the Piper, this “wondrous, wise and strange creature”, as described to Eriol by Vairë in the ‘Lost Tales’, was “half a fay of [Yavanna] and half [Elf]”. As CT states, he was conceived very early in the mythology: the original poem ‘Tinfang Warble’ being written in 1914, and published in its final version in 1927. (A 2nd poem about him, ‘Over Old Hills And Far Away’, was also written from 1915-27). At first he was to be a “leprawn” (leprechaun?); then was briefly to be Thingol’s son & Lúthien’s brother; and then was to be one of the original “three most magic players of the Elves” through the 1925-31 ‘Lay of Leithian’ (reduced to only Daeron & Maglor by the published Sil). But in Tol Eressëa Tinfang Warble was the Birdward who “played and danced in summer dusks for joy of the first stars… shier than a fawn [and] swift to hide… a footstep on a twig and he is away, and his fluting will come mocking from afar”. Also it is said at times that he had “gone heart-breaking in the Great Lands” of Middle-earth with his music. [TG:10,WK:1,MD:1,JG:2,H1:8,B1:10,H2:6,B2:2,H3:4,H4:4=48pts,19indx.pgs]

#331 Otho Sackville-Baggins @ – hobbit
He was the husband of Lobelia, and the founder of the short-lived Sackville-Baggins family. Otho was representative of the ill-mannered traits of his family; and was the only child of Longo Baggins and Camellia Sackville. Through his mother, he was the head of the Sackville family, adopting the double surname; and married Lobelia Bracegirdle with whom he had a son, Lotho. Otho was also 2nd in line to the Baggins family, and would have been Bilbo’s heir were it not for his adoption of Frodo. This did not sit well with Otho and his wife, as they both dearly wanted to live in Bag End. Nevertheless, Otho was a guest at Bilbo’s party, but did not live long enough to see Bag End, as he died in 1412 S.R. at age 102. [TG:19,EoA:4,WK:1,RF:6,JT:5,LR:2,LT:1,UT:2,H6:6,H9:2=48pts,20indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,EoA=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LoE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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Unfortunately, I just can't except "Elmo" as a character in Middle Earth. But of course, Tolkien could not have anticipated that the name would eventually be adopted by a furry red puppet!


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Well, a saint had the name long before that. :)


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#330 Nahar, horse of Oromë – meara? mount
The horse ridden by the Huntsman of the Valar, who alerted his master to the newly awakened Elves, had feet shod in gold and a coat of white that shimmered in silver at night. And when the Eldar hosts began their march west from the Waters of Awakening, Oromë rode Nahar at their head. Further, after Melkor & Ungoliant destroyed the Two Trees and darkness ensued, the sparks struck from the hooves of Nahar as Oromë pursued, were the first lights that returned to Valinor. (Speculation is that he was the ancestor of the Mearas). [TG:19,EoA:1,WK:1,RF:3,JT:3,DD:10,DK:1,SL:2,H3:2,H10:4,H11:2=48pts,33indx.pgs]

#329 Tolman ‘Farmer Tom’ Cotton of Bywater – hobbit farmer
Farmer Tom of Bywater's South Lane, married Lily Brown and they had five children: Young Tom, Rosie, Jolly, Nick, and Nibs. He of course had an important role in the Battle of Bywater, rallying many hobbits to fight Sharkey’s men. Only one Cotton has yet to appear… [TG:20,EoA:2,WK:2,RF:6,JT:8,LR:2,UT:2,H9:6=48pts,34indx.pgs]

#328 King Bladorthin – elf/man? king
It is primarily over-speculation that elevates this mysterious entity to his ranking. What is known is that he ruled a great kingdom in the Third Age (sometime c.1999-2770), maintaining armies and a trade relationship with Erebor: "... the spears that were made for the armies of the great King Bladorthin (long since dead), each had a thrice-forged head and their shafts were inlaid with cunning gold, but they were never delivered or paid for...". Where his kingdom was, and whether he was Man or Elf, dominates the debate. Rateliff states the name is possibly Noldorin, meaning roughly ‘Grey Master of the Plains’ (Bladorthin was also Gandalf’s name in early drafts). Foster suggests he was an Elven King and that his premature death may have prevented the trade. Tyler and Michael Martinez also assume a premature death, the latter speculating he was a King of Dale and possible ancestor of Girion. Douglas Anderson likewise suggests he was a Man. However, Andreas Moehn debunks most theories. Nonetheless, speculation being a side industry of the legendarium, Bladorthin chimes in at this spot, and the Blue Wizards still have yet to appear! [TG:28,EoA:9,RF:4,JT:6,MD:1,JR:1=49pts,5indx.pgs]

#327 Mahtan Aulendur, Servant of Aulë – noldo smith
He was the father of Nerdanel, wife of Fëanor, and a skilled smith in Valinor, Mahtan learned the arts of metal and stonework under Aulë. Fond of the metal, he wore a copper circlet around his head, and was called Urundil 'copper-lover'. He in turn taught Fëanor (as much as one could), who used this knowledge to forge armour & weapons in Valinor, much to Mahtan’s dismay. This Elf also had a beard at a relatively young stage in his lifecycle, thus a rare exception. [TG:19,EoA:4,WK:4,RF:5,JT:3,MD:1,DK:1,SL:2,H10:2,H12:8=49pts,11indx.pgs]

#326 Calimehtar, 30th King of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan king
He succeeded his father Narmacil II, who died in the Battle of the Plains in 1856 T.A. While preparing for war & vengeance, Calimehtar received messengers from the Northman Marhwini, warning him of a raid on Calenardhon by the Wainriders. But word was also sent that a revolt by the enslaved Northmen could be counted on if war broke out. In 1899 the King openly led an army north, and the Wainriders came down to meet him. Fierce battle ensued upon the Dagorlad until Marhwini’s liberated éored outflanked the Wainriders. The victory afforded Gondor 45yrs of peace. Calimehtar died in 1936 at the age of 200, after reigning 80yrs. [TG:22,EoA:2,WK:5,RF:4,JT:6,LR:2,UT:6,H12:2=49pts,15indx.pgs]

#325 *Asgon of Dor-lómin, outlaw companion of Túrin & Húrin – 3rd house adan
He lived in Dor-lómin when it was overrun by Easterlings following the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. There, after Túrin killed Brodda the Easterling in 496 F.A., provoking rebellion resulting in the burning of Brodda’s Hall, Asgon and his men warily followed Túrin as outlaws. It was Asgon who repudiated Túrin for thinking his kinswoman Aerin, Brodda’s wife by force, was weak, revealing it was likely her who torched the Hall. Eventually Asgon and his men were left in the mountains, where he told a departing Túrin that they would be hunted men because of his deeds. After Túrin's death, and his father’s release from Morgoth, a wandering Húrin met the men in the hills. Asgon then relayed Túrin's deeds, and his company began to follow Húrin. But on a time, at the edge of Brethil, Húrin left them while they slept. Asgon then decided to go into the forest, where they were captured by the Haladin, blindfolded, and led to their Chieftain Hardang. He looked unkindly upon them, and ordered them thrust from Brethil without their weapons. Asgon called this the justice of Easterlings not Edain, declaring that Húrin was coming, placing fear in Hardang of his elder kinsman. They were again led away blindfolded, but their weapons & gear were returned. Asgon then established his men west of Brethil, keeping watch, believing someday Húrin would come. The fate of Asgon is unknown. [TG:31,EoA:6,CH:2,UT:4,H11:6=49pts,23indx.pgs]

#324 Théodred son of Théoden, Second Marshal of the Mark – rohirrim prince
The only son and heir of King Théoden died at the age of 41 after relentless targeting by both Saruman and Gríma. His death at the First Battle of the Fords of Isen left Erkenbrand in charge of the Westfold, and of course Éomer as heir to the throne. [TG:15,EoA:1,WK:6,RF:4,JT:6,MD:1,LR:2,UT:4,H7:4,H8:4,H12:2=49pts,31indx.pgs]

#323 Holman Greenhand, gardener of Bag-End – hobbit gardener
His grandfather and namesake was Holman ‘the greenhanded’ of Hobbiton, progenitor of the line and the profession. The younger Holman became the gardener of Bag End, and took on his cousin Hamfast as an apprentice. It was in fact Holman that told Gandalf on that spring morning in 2941 that Bilbo wasn’t at home because he had gone on one of his walks, being the Elves’ New Year. This it was that apparently convinced Gandalf he had found the perfect agent for his mission to re-take Erebor. When Bilbo was away, it was Holman & Hamfast who tried to protect the estate from prying hobbits. Holman retired or died around 20yrs later when Hamfast took over the job. [TG:18,EoA:17,RF:5,JT:5,LR:1,UT:4=50pts,3indx.pgs]

#322 Elendur, 1st son of Isildur – gondorian dúnadan prince
Elendur was born in Númenor in 3299 S.A., and escaped the downfall with his family. He was the eldest and most trusted son and heir of Isildur, and was often said to be remarkably similar to his grandfather Elendil. After the Battle of Dagorlad he alone of Isildur’s sons followed him into Mordor. Elendur was the only son with knowledge of the One Ring, and it was he who argued with his father before the Gladden Fields to have the Ring sent with Ohtar, or else for Isildur to abandon the company. Of course Isildur did neither until too late, and Elendur was slain along with his father. [TG:30,EoA:1,WK:5,RF:3,JT:2,LR:1,SL:2,UT:4,H12:2=50pts,12indx.pgs]

#321 Ecthelion II, 25th Ruling Steward of Gondor – gondorian dúnadan ruling-steward
He succeeded his father Turgon on his death in 2953 T.A. Ecthelion was then 67, and known as a man of wisdom, encouraging worthy men such as the stranger Thorongil to enter into his service. As war captain Thorongil/Aragorn defeated the fleet of Corsairs at Umbar. Gandalf was also a welcome guest during his reign, which saw Cair Andros refortified and Pelargir strengthened. Ecthelion II died in 2984 at the age of 98, and was succeeded by his son Denethor II. [TG:19,EoA:4,WK:3,RF:5,JT:5,MD:1,LR:3,UT:4,H8:2,H11:2,H12:2=50pts,14indx.pgs]


glossary:

*=as in CT's indexing in UT (ie. characters not appearing in Hobbit/LotR/AdvTB/Sil)
@=guest at Bilbo’s Farewell Party
(f)=female (n)=neutral

POINTS - for ENTRIES: TG=Tolkien Gateway,EoA=Encyclopedia of Arda,WK=Wikipedia,RF=Robert Foster’s Complete Guide to Middle-earth,JT=J.E.A. Tyler’s Tolkien Companion,DD=David Day’s A-Z of Tolkien; for INDICES: LR=Lord of the Rings,SL=Silmarillion,UT=Unfinished Tales,HX=History of Middle-earth Vol.X,LT=Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,HC=Humphrey Carpenter’s Biography,JG=John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War,JR=John Rateliff’s History of The Hobbit,DK=Douglas Kane’s Arda Reconstructed; for both ENTRIES & INDICES: MD=Michael Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia; for NAME-LISTS: CH=Children of Húrin,B1 or B2=the ‘Qenya & Gnomish Lexicons’ from Book of Lost Tales Vols.1&2,FG=the ‘Fall of Gondolin’ from BoLT Vol.2,LoE=the ‘Line of Elros’ tree & list from UT; MISC: HF=votes from the Hall of Fire thread that initiated this project + a composite of selected favourite character lists.


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Two characters with "DK" points in this batch (and both of them male :P).

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:17 am 
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Well, we are approaching the top 300, which will have your stamp all over it! (Btw, DK, next time could you give me a little bit more time to complete my editing before posting on the master-list. You posted before I could correct Asgon's #House, painting me with such an egregious error that can blow this whole operation where I look like I know what I'm talking about... ;) )


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:21 am 
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Sorry. :oops: I don't usually follow right behind you like that. I'll try to give you a little space in the future.

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