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What happened to Malbeth?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:36 pm

What happened to the seer after the fall of Arnor? Did Tolkien even write about him afterwards?

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Re: What happened to Malbeth?

Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:07 am

I believe Tolkien never wrote more about the fall of Arnor than is in the Lotr appendixes. If we take it from there, I see two possibilities for Malbeth. Either he was one of the men of the king who made the escape from Arnor to the north, and so died in the storm sinking the ship Arvedui tried to sail south.

On the other hand, it seems that Arvedui escaped from the desperate last stand, "fled north with some of his guard". I'd say Malbeth wouldn't probably be there, as he would most likely be an old man by now (I don't know exactly, but he gave Arvedui his name, after all), and hardly seen as a warrior. So, maybe he was left behind along with the rest of the kings court, was taken captive and/or killed.

edit: There's obviously good scenario opportunities for the latter. The Escape of Malbeth...

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