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Extant before I 4001
Devised by Eöl the Dark Elf
Eöl was said to have been of the kin of King Thingol
Within Nan Elmoth
'Shining black'


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The black metal of Eöl the Dark Elf

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The shining black metal devised by master craftsman Eöl, who learned his skill from the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains. Galvorn was said to be as hard as Dwarf-steel, while remaining supple and malleable. Eöl made himself a suit of black armour from this metal, which he wore whenever he left his woodland home in the depths of Nan Elmoth. The name galvorn comes from two Elvish words meaning 'shining' and 'black'.



We're not told exactly when Eöl devised galvorn, but we know that it emerged from the smithcraft he learned of the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains. That hardly helps to narrow down the timescale, however, as the Dwarf-cities of Nogrod and Belegost had been standing for 2,500 years or more at the time of Eöl's death in I 400. The timeline above assumes that Eöl kept its secret until his death, which seems to be the case - certainly the substance is never mentioned after this point.

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