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The Fathers of the Dwarves were the first seven of the founding fathers of the Dwarven race.

HistoryEdit

The Vala Aulë created the Dwarves because he was impatient for the arising of the Children of Ilúvatar (Elves and Men). He created seven Dwarves, and was teaching them the language he had devised for them. When Ilúvatar confronted him about what he had done, Aulë offered his creations to Ilúvatar, who accepted them and gave them life.

However, the Fathers of the Dwarves had to wait until the Elves first arrived, and Aulë laid them to rest in various places in the continent of Middle-earth.

The eldest of all, Durin, "lay alone" at Mount Gundabad in the north of the Misty Mountains. He later founded the line of the Longbeards (or Sigin-tarâg in Khuzdul), the Dwarves which were most friendly to the Elves and Men, mostly referred to as Durin's Folk. His city was Khazad-dûm.

Two others were laid to rest near Mount Dolmed in the Blue Mountains, and they founded the lines of the Broadbeams and the Firebeards who later lived in Nogrod and Belegost.

The other four Fathers of Dwarves were laid to rest in the far east, two of them at the northern end of the Orocarni, and the other two near the southern end of the range. These founded the lines of the Ironfists and Stiffbeards, and Blacklocks and Stonefoots. No Dwarves of these lines appear in the tales: however, as noted below, the Longbeards may be formed out of Dwarves from all lines, and Dwarves from Durin's Folk may therefore have ancestors from these other lines. After the end of the First Age, when the ancestral homes of the Broadbeams and Firebeards were destroyed, these two lines merged with Durin's Folk, so that Moria had a mixed population, and Thorin Oakenshield grew up in the remnants of the Firebeards' halls.

Of the Fathers of the Dwarves, only Durin is said to have "lain alone". This can be interpreted as referring to the fact he was indeed laid down to rest alone while the other Fathers were laid to rest in pairs, but older versions of the story suggest that it meant Durin alone had no female companion. The other Fathers did: references are made by Tolkien to the "Thirteen Dwarves" created by Aulë (Durin and the six pairs). By this version of the story, Durin's Folk was formed out of Dwarves from the other six lines, as a mixed people arose when all Dwarves went to Gundabad.[citation needed]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Dwergevaders
Albanian Babai i Xhuxhët
Arabic إباء الأقزام
Armenian Թզուկների հայրեր
Azerbaijani Dwarfların ataları
Basque Nanoen Gurasoak
Belarusian Cyrillic Айцы Гномаў
Bengali ডুয়ার্ফের বাবা
Bulgarian Cyrillic Бащите на джуджетата
Catalan Pares dels Nans
Cebuano Mga Amahan sa mga Dwarve
Croatian Patuljaka oci
Czech Otcové trpaslíků
Danish Dværgefædre
Dutch Dwergenvaders
Esperanto Patroj de la Enanos
Estonian Kääbused isad
Finnish Kääpiöiden Seitsemän isää
French Pères des nains
Galician Padres da enanos
Georgian მამათა ჯუჯები
German Zwergenväter
Greek Πατέρες των Νάνων
Hebrew האבות של הגמדים
Hindi बौने के पिता
Hungarian A törpék atyja
Icelandic Feður af Dvergarnir
Indonesian Ayah para kurcaci
Irish Gaelic Aithreacha de na Mion ?
Italian Padri dei Nani
Japanese ドワーフの父親
Kannada ದ್ವಾರ್ವ್ಸ್ನ ಪಿತಾಮಹರು
Kazakh Гномдардың әкелері (Cyrillic) Gnomdardıñ äkeleri (Latin)
Korean 드워프의 아버지
Latin Patres Nani
Latvian Tēvi no rūķisi
Lithuanian Tėvai nykštukai
Luxembourgish Zwergerpappen
Macedonian Cyrillic Отци на Џуџињата
Malaysian Bapa daripada orang kerdil
Marathi बौने च्या पूर्वज
Norwegian Dvergfedre
Persian پدران کوتوله‌ها
Polish Ojcowie Krasnoludów
Portuguese Pais dos Anões
Punjabi ਡਵਵਰਜ਼ ਦੇ ਪਿਤਾ
Romanian Părinții lui Gnomi
Russian Семь Праотцев гномов
Scottish Gaelic Athair nan Luspardanan
Serbian Патуљци очеви (Cyrillic) Patuljci očevi (Latin)
Sinhalese ක්ලවුස් පියවරුන්
Slovak Trpaslíci otec
Slovenian Škrati očetje
Spanish Siete Padres de los enanos
Swahili Babu wa Wanaoishi
Swedish Dvärgarfäderna
Tamil டோவ்ஸ் தந்தையர்
Telugu ద్వార్వ్స్ యొక్క ఫాదర్స్
Thai บิดาของแคระ
Turkish Cüceler Babaları
Ukrainian Cyrillic Отці Гноми
Urdu آبائے بونوں ?
Vietnamese Cha của những người lùn
Welsh Tadau'r Chorrach ?
Yiddish אבות פון די דוואָרווז