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frah'rr ('rr' indicates that the final 'r' sound should be distinctly pronounced)


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A defender of the Second Hall

"They have taken the Bridge and second hall. Frár and Lóni and Náli fell there."
From the Book of Mazarbul
quoted in The Fellowship of the Ring II 5
The Bridge of Khazad-dûm

One of the Dwarves who followed Balin from the Lonely Mountain on his expedition to retake Moria for Durin's Folk. The Dwarves seemed at first to succeed in their mission, as they recovered their ancient home beneath the Misty Mountains. After only a few years, though, the Orcs and their allies invaded once again, attacking through the East-gate of Moria. The Orcs forced their way across the perilously narrow Bridge of Khazad-dûm, as the Dwarves lost ground in their desperate defence of the Second Hall at the western end of the span. Frár was among the Dwarves who fell in that battle.



In common with many of Tolkien's Dwarf-names, Frár appears in the Voluspá as part of a long list of Dwarves, but the origin of the name is unclear. It might possibly be connected with the Old Norse element frá, which literally just means 'from', but is associated with moving forwards or advancing swiftly (if so, this would be ironic - perhaps intentionally so - since the only mention we have of Frár is an account of him falling in retreat).

Other interpretations of the name also exist. Some sources prefer 'brilliant', while others suggest 'famous' as the original meaning.

See also...

Lóni, Náli


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