Fearsome mask of Belegost

Azaghâl was the Lord of Belegost during the First Age of Middle-earth, and as the lord of one of the great mansions of the Dwarves, he and his line were probably direct descendants of one of the Seven Fathers of his race. Azaghâl’s folk, the Dwarves of Belegost, were on good terms with the Elves of Beleriand, being friends to both the Sindar and the Noldor in exile. Azaghâl had in particular shown great gratitude to the Noldorin lord Maedhros, who had come to his aid when he was waylaid by Orcs while traveling along the great east-west road of Beleriand. Thus, the Dwarves of Belegost joined the Union of Maedhros and fought alongside Elves and Men against Morgoth during the battle that came to be known as Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Unnumbered Tears, and it was on that terrible field that Azaghâl found both glory and doom.

A worm's scales were not full proof against the blades of the Dwarves

Azaghâl is seen here, as his host prepares to join the Men and Elves in their assault on Morgoth’s fortress of Angband. He is clad in mighty armour wrought in the forges of Belegost, and bears both axe and dagger. His war-helm is crowned with the likeness of snow-capped mountain peaks beneath the Moon and covers his face, for the Dwarves of Belegost favoured visors and masks graven with fearsome visages. These masks, and the natural hardiness of their bodies, stood the Dwarves in good stead against the terror of Glaurung, the fire-breathing worm bred by Morgoth. Indeed, Glaurung was present upon the field of battle that day, and Azaghâl’s dwarves surrounded the worm, hewing his scaled body with their axes. But Glaurung was a fearsome foe, and smiting Azaghâl hurled him to the ground and crushed him with his great body. With his dying strength, Azaghâl thrust his dagger into the belly of the worm, wounding Glaurung so deeply that he fled, and with him many of the creatures of Angband. Then the Dwarves of Belegost raised up the body of their fallen lord and bore him from the field of battle, singing a deep-voiced funeral dirge. So terrible were they in their grief that of the hosts of Morgoth none dared to hinder their passage.

Lord of Gabilgathol

I have been itching to use this classic mask-like helm for ages, but I wanted to use it in it’s interesting base colour, which proved tough to match. I finally came across the the combination with the chest piece and then used the shoulders to match the interesting steely-blue band on the helm, and the rest of the outfit fell into place. I love a good epic dwarf-warrior outfit, and I’m very pleased with the way this one turned out! Because of the mask-like nature of the helm, it seemed a perfect outfit to use in a portrait of the heroic Azaghâl.

As a linguistic sidenote, Azaghâl is an interesting name because it appears to be a word in Khuzdûl, the language of the Dwarves. Perhaps the Dwarves of Belegost, or the Dwarves of the First Age in general, did not share the Third-Age Dwarves’ tradition of keeping their Khuzdûl names secret and choosing an outer name from the tongues of their neighbours. If Azaghâl is indeed a name, it is one of the few Khuzdûl personal names that we know. On the other hand, it may be just a title or an epithet. It has been suggested that the word is linguistically related to the Adûnaic (Númenórean) word azgara, meaning “to wage war”. Thus, Azaghâl may mean “warrior”.

Undaunted by the fire of Glaurung

  • Head: Helm of Rallying (looted — world drop/level 55), white
  • Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Healing Hands (bartered — Ox-clan merchant camp Captain trader/Captain instance armour), white
  • Chest: Lesser Ward of the West Breastplate (bartered Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Guardian armour), black
  • Hands: Gauntlets of the Indomitable Protector (bartered — Galtrev adventurer’s quartermaster/Guardian), black
  • Legs: Hall-captain’s Leggings (bartered medallion barter reward — Echad Andestel Captain trader or Caras Galadhon Captain trainer or Ost Galadh Captain trainer), black
  • Feet: Lesser Ward of the West Boots (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Guardian armour), black

Tips: The helm used in this outfit is a world drop found in level 55+ areas. If you keep an eye on the auction house, you can find one for sale there from time to time. Items from the Isengard sets are available at the Ox-clan Merchant Camp. I used the Captain shoulders, but the Guardian and Champion shoulders have the same appearance. Items from the In Their Absence sets are available at Harndirion; again I used the Guardian pieces but the Champion and Captain pieces look the same. The leggings share their appearance with the Hall-general’s Leggings (bartered — Twenty-first Hall Captain trainer). The gloves from the Captain and Champion sets available from the adventurer’s quartermaster in Galtrev share the same appearance as the Guardian ones used in this outfit.

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10 Responses to Azaghâl

  1. I’d never looked closely enough at those gauntlets to notice the spikes; a nice addition to a great outfit.

    • Thanks Leann! 🙂 The other neat thing about the gloves that I didn’t notice until I did this outfit are the little “dragon wings” just at the elbow joint — not sure how well they show up in these shots but you can see them really clearly on display at Lalia’s.

  2. gloredh says:

    wow the mask, chestpiece and boots look great together, a helm like that surely fits for a dwarf and it won’t go unnoticed, even in the middle of a battle 🙂 the deep black of the other pieces brings out the gold-ish color of the rest, great portrait Starry 😉

    • Thanks so much Gloredh! I love this helm and was so happy to finally find a nice dwarfy outfit for it. 😀

    • Fairymore says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth about how well the helm, chest, and boots compliment each other so well. Wise to use the color black, cant explain why but it just works =]

  3. Torvik_North says:

    That helm is wonderful, like all set of cosmetics you do friend, but I try to find Helm of Rallying in long time, are you able to tell me where to search it or grind it ? Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you very much Torvik, and welcome to the blog! I believe the version that I have is a level 55 item, so you might want to try grinding for it in the Silvertine Lodes, Zelem-melek, Durin’s Way, Waterworks, and Redhorn Lodes (all in Moria). It’s also helpful to regularly check the auction house, because people know this item is a desireable cosmetic and will put it up for sale.

      Good luck finding your helm! 😀

      • Torvik_North says:

        Many thanks my friend, about the auction house i do allready this thing, I too ask about this helm in the globalff channel but some folks there joke about me that helm its a myth, nevermind I know allready where to grind it. Thanks again The Starry Mantle, and lets see another good compilation of cosmetic items 🙂

  4. Beivi says:

    This is so cool! I’ve been having a very hard time finding the helmet. I’ve been searching for three months and haven’t scene a trace of it 😦

    • Thanks very much Beivi! Sorry to hear you’re having a hard time finding the helm. 😦 Keep trying mobs in level 55 zones, especially Zelem-melek, and don’t forget to frequently check the heavy helmets on the auction house. Good luck!

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