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Born I 3651
Apparently 'axe'2


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The father of Hador Lórindol

The son of Magor and grandson of Malach Aradan, Hathol's grandfather Malach had been among the first Men to cross the Blue Mountains into Beleriand from the wild lands to the East. Through his father Magor, Hathol was heir to the leadership of his house during a time when his people dwelt in the lands known as Estolad in East Beleriand.

Little is known of Hathol's life, and indeed our only remotely biographical comment about him is the fact that he was known as the 'Axe', apparently a reference to his favoured weapon and also the meaning of his name. Hathol was most important to history as the father of the great hero Hador Lórindol, who served Fingolfin and was granted the land of Dor-lómin as a fiefdom. Through his son Hador, then, Hathol's descendants would become hereditary Lords of Dor-lómin. Indeed, the line of Hathol's descendants is commonly known as the House of Hador, after his illustrious son.



Hathol's date of birth is taken from a genealogical chart reproduced in volume XI of The History of Middle-earth. The date of Hathol's death is not recorded, but his ancestors typically lived a little longer than ninety years. On that basis, Hathol himself probably lived until I 455 (the year the Dagor Bragollach began) or perhaps a little later.


The same chart described in the note above lists Hathol as 'Hathol (the Axe)'. This seems to imply that his name actually meant 'Axe' (as his father Magor's name meant 'Sword').

See also...

Hador, The Golden-haired


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