My personal headcanons for Halbarad Dúnadan
Since this is the internet, I wanted to have a bit of fun for once and share my personal thoughts on one of my favorite characters ever. These thoughts are completely incorporated into my canon and may make an appearance at one point or the other throughout my fics. These thoughts are completely my invention, so I hope you have fun reading through.
Halbarad is the direct descendant of Malbeth the Seer. Both characters are said to have incredible foresight, to the point that Malbeth made the prophecy of Arvedui, the last king of Arthedain and Halbarad accurately predicted his own death. Halbarad stands proud of his heritage and always pays his respects to his ancestor.
Halbarad was born in TA 2920 at the end of Ethuil, more precisely on the 16th of May. He is 11 years older than Aragorn, who is born on the 1st of March, TA 2931.
At the time of his death on the 15th of March 3019, Halbarad was 99 years old. Just two more months and he would have lived to be 100.
Canon doesn’t mention him having a spouse or children. Others have given him a family and it comes as no surprise that I have decided to do the same. Halbarad married Branwen of Evendim, coin-mistress of the dúnedain and together they had two daughters, Gilrin Hissaeleth and Ivorien Thiedil. Branwen was a scholar of the dúnedain, native to Evendim, blue eyed and dark haired. She was one of the people in charge of the financial matters of the dúnedain and delighted in order and peace. Gilrin, first daughter of Halbarad was the spitting image of her father and was alike him in mind and manners. She had inherited the foresight of his line. Gilrin was called Malbeth reborn, as her words often came true. She earned the title Hissaeleth “wise eyed maiden” after accurately predicting the events that happen during LOTR: War in the North and the Scouring of the Shire. The second daughter Ivorien was more alike in mind with her mother and preferred the silent and the calm.
Had he lived, Halbarad would have become the Warden of the North and Lord of Annúminas rebuilt. After his death, there was great strife among the dúnedain as to whom should succeed him. His daughter Gilrin laid her claim to the lordship of Annúminas, stating that by birthright she was the heir to her father. In the end, another claimed the lordship and Gilrin, due to her incredible foresight was made high-advisor and given a seat in the council of the north.
All dúnedain are bilingual. They speak both westron and sindarin fluently. Halbarad strongly prefers speaking westron. He stands afraid of speaking sindarin and of making mistakes, though the elves will always try and help should he request any aid.
Halbarad is a calm and stern leader, but may become overly strict on the occasion. None know best than the sentries posted to guard the Shire. Though, some are privy to his rare mischievous streak.
Halbarad collects hobbit postal stamps. He has an entire album in Esteldin, in the North Downs with his treasured collection. The prize of his collection is the rare Feast of Michel Delving Stamp of 3029. He delights in having lengthy conversation with the Postmen of the Quick-Post when he is on border guard duty in the Shire.
Aragorn is his best friend, his chieftain, his brother. For Aragorn he went to the ends of the earth and upheld his duty valiantly. They have been on journeys together in the north more often than he can remember. Halbarad was quite frustrated when Aragorn informed the northern dúnedain that he was to travel south and become Thorongil. Halbarad wanted to accompany his chieftain, but was denied as Aragorn knew this was something he had to do alone.
Arwen is such a dear friend of his. He loves and respects lady Arwen above none and their final goodbye was bitter-sweet, when Arwen gave him the standard and he told her that he rides to his ruin and his death. Many times Arwen accompanied her brothers in skirmishes in the north, and Halbarad found her insight wise and her words charming.
Speaking of riding south, Halbarad had known of his death for months before the summon to ride south even came. He had debated with himself for so long on whether he should tell his wife and daughters of his fate, but in the end decided against. He would not trouble them. He would not break their hearts. It was needless, for Gilrin too saw his fate and confronted him before his departure. Though angry, his daughter understood. She promised to tell her sister and her mother.
More when I get more ideas.
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On Quirin’s side, Varian is descended from Aragorn and Arwen
Due to the pristineness, it’s highly possible that Gondor could serve the place of ancient Rome in the Tangled universe. Perhaps somewhere after Eldarion, the line of Kings was broken once again and Gondor completely fell into ruin and Aragorn’s descendants were forced into hiding. Now granted, once again, there’s hardly going to be any real physical resemblance 2,000 years later. But Varian and Quirin do both seem to have black hair just like Arwen and Aragorn. Varian seems to have Arwen’s sense of justice and morality, while Quirin occasionally hides from stuff and is a great warrior like Aragorn is.
Small little footnote to end this, it’s possible that Hugo is descended from Legolas; due to their similar head shape and blonde hair.
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