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Telchar

The pupil of Gamil Zirak and one of the greatest Dwarven Smiths of all times.


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Telchar is mentioned twice in The Silmarillion ...first as being the greatest Dwarven-craftsman of Nogrod and then as being the forger of Angrist, Curufin's blade that was taken from him by Beren and later used to cut one of the Silmaril's from the Dark Lord Morgoth's crown.

Telchar is mentioned again twice in Unfinished Tales: first, as the maker of the Helm of Hador (which was originally made for Azaghal, Lord of Belegost) and then in reference to Thingol's armouries, insinuating that they may have been made by Telchar or FŽanor or both.

Now Thingol had in Menegroth in deep armouries filled with great welath of weapons: metal wrought like fishes mail and shining like water in the moon; swords and axes, shields and helms wrought by Telchar himself
The Silmarillion

His works were made for Kings and worn by Kings and highly appreciated and worshiped by Kings!

Slowly Aragorn unbuckled his belt and himself set his sword upright against the wall. 'Here I set it,' he said; 'but I command you not to touch it, nor to permit any other to lay hand on it. In this elvish sheath dwells the Blade that was Broken and has been made again. Telchar first wrought it in the deeps of time. Death shall come to any man that draws Elendil's sword save Elendil's heir.'
The Two Towers, The King of the Golden Hall

So, Angrist, Narsil, Dragon-helm, Thingol's weaponry. Astonishing work!

The StudyTeam


Comments and Discussion

Do you think he is the greatest craftsman of all, probably only after FŽanor?

It might be interesting to note that, though to my knowledge Tolkien himself never mentioned this, the influence for the name of 'Telchar' likely comes from the Greek 'Telchines', who in Greek myth were said to be exceptional craftsman, and by some even the first workers in iron and bronze. Though the references to them are rare and fragmentary, there is enough of a similarity for me to be able to confidently state this point.


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