middle...SPANÁG- *spangā; Q fanga; T spanga; ON sphanga beard; N fang, cf. An(d)fang [ÁNAD] Longbeard, one of the tribes of Dwarves (pl. Enfeng. Cf. Tinfang 'Starbeard', name of an Elvish piper; Ulfang[Úlug].
[Q=Quendian; T=Telerin; ON=Old Noldorin; N=Noldorin (the Noldorin language was later renamed Sindarin). The Elf Tingfang Warble appears in The Book of Lost Tales.]
The Etymologies, HOME V The Lost Road;
As they came to the gates Círdan the Shipwright came forth to greet them. Very tall he was, and his beard was long, and he was grey and old, save that his eyes were keen as stars; and he looked at them and bowed, and said: 'All is now ready.'
'The Grey Havens', The Return of the King;
The following etymological note pertains to the name Russandol in the discussion of the name Maitimo in the numbered list of the names of the seven sons of Fëanor (XII:352-53). A marginal note against that discussion provides the detail that Nerdanel "herself had brown hair and a ruddy complexion". A note elsewhere in the papers associated with this essay reads: "Elves did not have beards until they entered their third cycle of life. Nerdanel's father [cf. XII:365-66 n.61] was exceptional, being only early in his second."
"Etymological Notes on the Ósanwe-kenta", (Vinyar Tengwar 41, from ~1960).
In a note written in December 1972 or later, and among the last writings of my father's on the subject of Middle-earth, there is a discussion of the Elvish strain in Men, as to its being observable in the beardlessness of those who were so descended (it was a characteristic of all Elves to be beardless); and it is here noted in connection with the princely house of Dol Amroth that "this line had a special Elvish strain, according to its own legends" (with a reference to the speeches between Legolas and Imrahil in The Return of the King V 9, cited above).
Unfinished Tales, Page 247.
§5 [...] For the Naugrim have beards from the beginning of their lives, male and female alike; nor indeed can their womenkind be discerned by those of other race, be it in feature or in gait or in voice, nor in any wise save this: that they go not to war, and seldom save at direst need issue from their deep bowers and halls. It is said, also, that their womenkind are few, and that save their kings and chieftains few Dwarves ever wed; wherefore their race multiplied slowly and now is dwindling.
The Hobbits of that quarter, the Eastfarthing, were rather large and heavy-legged, and they wore dwarf-boots in muddy weather. But they were well known to be Stoors in a large part of their blood, as indeed was shown by the down that many grew on their chins. No Harfoot or Fallohide had any trace of a beard.
Khorazir wrote:In Unfinished Tales there is a short passage where Tolkien describes which races have facial hair, and why. It's part of a discussion about how Elvish descendance can be seen in men. Since the Eldar don't grow any beards, those humans who can claim some Elven blood (like the high-born Númenoreans, and later some of the Dunedain) don't grow facial hair either. So Aragorn doesn't have a beard, nor Denethor Faramir and Imrahil (even though personally I imagine Imrahil to have a mustache, don't ask me why). Boromir is a difficult case. I imagine him with a short beard around mouth and chin. It makes him look more fierce, and also it's said in LotR that he was not as noble of blood as his father or his brother. Don't ask me how that works genetically. <BR>As for the Rohirrim, I always imagined Éomer with a short full-beard. I could imagine growing a beard could be a sign of coming of age for the Rohirrim. But that's just my personal opinion.
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