The Seven Dwarf-Rings

the term the seven Tribes usually refers to the seven tribes of the Dwarves, including:

the exiled ones of the acient dwarf-cities, the petty-dwarves are not considered dwarves of the seven tribes anymore nor are the Mornaugrim of Mordor.

Outer History and speculations

The names of the seven dwarf-fathers differ in MERP and the Lord of the Rings Role-Playing Game, MERP names them Dúrin the deathless, Thrár the cold, Dwálin, Thélor, Bávor the swift, Drúin the proud and Bárin the scarred while LOTRRPG names them Dúrin, Úri, Linnar, Sindri, Thúlin, Vár and Vigdís.Like dúrinn (sleepy or gate-warden)the names Dválinn (Dawdler), Þrar (stubborn) and Bávorr (grumbler) are old-norse and taken from the Völuspá or other old norse sources as the Þulur while thélor, Drúin and Bárin seem to be fantasy-forms. Úri (smith), Sindri (Sparky), þulinn (Chanter), Varr (careful) and Vigdís (War goddess) follow the example of old norse names from the Eddas (although Varr and Vigdís are female names and thus seem unsuitable for dwarf-fathers) while Linnar is obscure and may also be a fantasy form just like Thélor, Druin and Bárin (Linnar is a modern swedish name that may be derived from the old norse name Lindorm or the finnish boy name Lennar.Since Lindormr actually means "Dragon" or "Serpent" it would be an odd name for a dwarf).

Perhaps Dúrin, Dwálin, Thrar, Bávor, Úri, Sindri, Thulin can be interpreted as the Names of the seven fathers as they were told to ne Northrons while Thelor, Druin, Linnar and Barin (maybe Sindarin) were the outer Names of Sindri, Thrár,Dwálin and Thrár known to the Easterlings.Vár and Vigdís perhaps were powerful Queens, once leaders of their tribes, which legend confused with the fathers Bávor and Thrár.

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