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Burin

Burin
Dwarf
Biographical Information
LocationLonely Mountain
BirthThird Age
Physical Description
GenderMale

Burin was a Dwarf that Tolkien abandoned while in the process of creating The Lord of the Rings.

[edit] History

This character was first mentioned as Frár, who attended the council of Elrond with Glóin. He was changed to Burin the son of Balin, that later would join the Fellowship on their quest.[1] When that idea was abandoned and Gimli was created in his stead, the name was used for the father of Balin, but that was scrapped in favour of Fundin.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Burin, or Burinn, is a dwarf name from the Dvergatal, meaning "son-like".[3]:943 Frár means "swift".[3]:947

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Story Continued: XXIII. In the House of Elrond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Story Continued: XXV. The Mines of Moria"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chester Nathan Gould, "Dwarf-Names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion", published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol 44 (1929), issue #4