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The battle-masks of the Naugrim

The armourers of the Dwarves created their helms with heavy metal visors, which were traditionally shaped into terrifying forms to strike fear into enemies. These visors evolved from the masks worn by Dwarves who worked the forges, originally designed to protect their eyes from the fire and heat, a design that proved as valuable in war as in peacetime. Built to protect against fire, these Dwarf-masks served their bearers well against the Dragons: for example, Azaghâl and his Dwarves of Belegost were the only force able to drive Glaurung from the field during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.

Most famous of all the Dwarf-masks was that attached to the Helm of Hador, the Dragon-helm originally created for Azaghâl, but which became an heirloom of the House of Hador of Dor-lómin.

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