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So! I have this dwarvish headcanon that the word 'gold' in Khuzdul doesn't just refer to the metal, but to all that the dwarves hold most dear. Because until the discovery of mithril, gold was their most valued ore to work with and with their love for metal working it would make sense that they would apply it also as a term of endearment. So in the song the phrase "to seek our long forgotten gold" would also refer to their homeland and sentimental memories Erebor holds.


Whaa, I love this!  I think it makes a lot of sense and works really well and is made of many many feels wrt the song, which I hadn’t connected to my own (pretty similar) headcanon at all.  I would totally believe this.

(my grandmother used to wish me chalomot paz— golden dreams”— when she tucked me in at night)

(…………I may or may not have given Fili a true-name that means gold or golden in the Giant Sprawling Hobbit Fix-It)

I like your headcanon.  I like it a lot.

our harps and gold, they sing, and it means the years of safety and joy under the mountain, raising their families and living among friends, creating works of art and craft and singing for the love of it.  to claim our long-forgotten gold, because no matter how long they spend wandering among Eru’s children, no matter how much knowledge and tradition they’re losing every year, they never forget what they’re meant to have, the inheritance their Maker gave to them, the lives of song and beauty beneath stone.

(sdjk sorry, I’m sleep-deprived and emotional)

The Obscenity of Smaug: On Mahal and Dwarven Sacred Space


Smaug is a problem. In the text he is a fascinating and even an appealing antagonist; on screen, he is captivating and more than a little terrifying. But in the context of Middle Earth, particularly within the world of the Dwarves, he is nothing short of an utter obscenity. Wiser heads than mine have explored the political, economic, and physical problems he poses. Here, I would like to consider Smaug’s occupation of Erebor and the possible religious implications.

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