Friday, January 25, 2013

Aquazone Breakfast News: 137

In The Hobbit, Fili and Kili do not actually have a named father--no one does but Thorin, though Balin and Dwalin, sons of Fundin, and Óin and Glóin, sons of Gróin, will have their fathers revealed in the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings. Fili and Kili are the nephews of Thorin by his sister, Dís, but from what we know of Dwarven custom, they would not have introduced themselves as "Fili son of Dís" but as "Fili son of Fili's father." In naming this father "Jari," I am following Tolkien's practice of giving the Dwarves names from the Dvergatal (the list of Dwarves in the Old Norse Völuspá), picking one that he never used.

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