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The Old

A title for the longest-lived of Men, and for one Dwarf

A title of three Men who lived to advanced age: Bëor, Aldor of Rohan and Grimbeorn the son of Beorn.

Apparently the youngest of the three was Grimbeorn, who is reported to have ruled in the Vales of Anduin in the year III 3018. The evidence points strongly to his being born after Bilbo's visit to his father in III 2941, so his age could be no more than 77 at the time he is called 'The Old'. He may, of course, have lived longer that this.

Bëor was the first of Men to encounter the Elves, having led his people across the Blue Mountains into Beleriand. He was 49 at the time of that meeting, and died after another forty-four years of service to Finrod Felagund, at the age of 93.

The oldest of the three, though, was Aldor, the third King of Rohan. He lived for more than a century, 101 years to be precise, and ruled the land of the Rohirrim for no less than seventy-five years.

The title was also used for one Dwarf, as Thorin referred to his 'far ancestor, Thráin the Old'1. That Thráin did not in fact live unusually long; he reached the age of 256, which was fairly typical for a Dwarf. Thorin was not in fact using the title 'Old' to refer to his ancestor's great age, but rather to avoid confusion a more recent Thráin, Thráin II, who was in fact Thorin's own father.



The Hobbit 1, An Unexpected Party

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