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Donato Giancola - Telchar forging Narsil.jpg
"Telchar forging Narsil" by Donato Giancola
Biographical Information
LanguageKhuzdul, Sindarin
BirthFirst Age
Notable forcrafting Narsil, Angrist and the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Telchar

Telchar was a Dwarf of Nogrod in the Blue Mountains, and one of the greatest smiths in the history of Middle-earth.

[edit] History

Telchar was trained by Gamil Zirak, another great smith.[1] Among his works were Angrist (the knife that freed the Silmaril from the Iron Crown),[2] Narsil (the sword of Elendil, later reforged for Aragorn as Andúril),[3] and the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin.[1]

[edit] Etymology

It is not defined whether the name Telchar is Sindarin or Khuzdul. The formation seems to suggest to be Sindarin since the digraph ch is not used in Khuzdul.[4]

Jim Allan notes a resemblance to the Telchines of Greek mythology, a mythological race of divine craftsmen.[5]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Telchar appears for the first time in the legendarium in The Lay of the Children of Húrin, simply named as the creator of the dragon-helm.[6] In the later Quenta Noldorinwa, Telchar is said to be from Belegost, instead of Nogrod as in the Narn.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)", The Departure of Túrin
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Pronunciation of Words and Names", "Consonants"
  5. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, p. 89
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin: I. Túrin's Fostering", p. 115, v. 678. Cf. p. 126
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Section] 11", p. 118. Cf. p. 182