URTENGOR, SANTHARIAN GOD OF THE FORGE

Urtengor is the God of the Forge, also called Hammer-Lord, God of Lightning, Star-Shaper, and TolGerKorim in the dwarven tongue (TolGerKorim, "King of the Deep Earth") or - most often - Trum-Baroll (Trum-Baroll, "Rock-Father"). Urtengor is best-known for bringing metalworking to Caelereth. He is also believed to have placed the Stargems in the sky, forged the moon (see below) and invented cooking.

Urtengor, God of the Forge

View picture in full size Image description: Urtengor, the dwarven Hammer-Lord, God of the Forge, Lightning and of Cooking. Picture drawn by Faugar.

Appearance, Symbols and Colours. The God of the Forge is usually depicted as a solidly-built male dwarf with flaming red beard and hair, a forge apron over a bare, muscular chest, and a hammer in one knuckly hand. His colours are red, orange, and black; the colour of fire, coals, earth. His symbols are the hammer, of course, and the knife, which represents the skill of cooking food. His rune is the Frum (Thrum) or stylized pickaxe. It is always carved on a rockface before a new shaft or tunnel is opened, and often engraved over the archways of dwarven homes (although human gem-merchants have recently also adopted the rune on their shopsigns and advertising). Mountain bison, earthquakes, hot springs. mushrooms, and armour also fall under the auspices of Urtengor.

Urtengor, or Trum-Baroll as the Thergerim insist, is said to have created the a great worm, the Denishan (Thergerim-Taal for "Holy Earth's Heart"), from a gem-like core of molten flame, which he drew from the heart of Caelereth in his own powerful hands. The Forge Lord then set this substance on his anvil and with quick hammer-strokes drew it out into a great worm, like a wingless dragon or magnificent snake.

He fed it on gems and precious ores, and let it crawl where it would as it grew, until at last he feared the rumbles of its passage would shake the surface of the earth and disturb the Above-creatures. Then he called it to his realm, where it might twine and creep at its will, bidding it glow to light dark places and give of its ever-replenishing substance at his need.

Some Thergerim clans associate the beast with volcanic action and assert that the bubbles and tunnels in basaltic rock are mementos of the Denishan's hungry faring, while other clans say the naturally-occurring (as opposed to dwarven-delved) limestone caves and pillars of their area were the infant Denishan's nursery.

Of course no dwarf likes to think of an immense divine pet still at large in his home cavern, so the general consensus is that the Denishan, requiring more heat and ore and so on to sustain its growing frame, ate its way ever deeper into the heart of Caelereth. Somewhere far below the lowest levels that Thergerim mines can reach, lie its glowing coils, there by Trum-Baroll's anvil, or near his always-blazing hearth...

The dwarves also say that as the Forge Lord requires a link of metal or a ready-cut gem for his constant work, he has but to call upon the Denishan - the holy Earth's Heart - and it will give of its body for him. A scale of shining gold plucked away regrows; a drop of serpent's blood hardens into a ruby even as it falls into the divine hand. Return to the top


Mythology. Urtengor is one of the Twelve Gods or High Spirits (Aeolía) who sprang from the Dream of Avá the Beautiful according to the elven myth as related in the Cárpa'dosía. Together with Arvins (God of the Hunt) and Queprur (Goddess of Death), Urtengor is one of the three Gods dedicated to the element of Earth. The twelfth month of the Santharian Calendar, the Month of Frozen Rivers, (Exhoon’almaar or Exhoon’almaar in Elvish) is associated with Urtengor. The Thergerim (dwarven people) know him as
Trum-Baroll (Trum-Baroll), Rock-Father, and do not acknowledge the other eleven gods which the elves and humans of Santharia worship.

In human myth/history, Grothar (God of Weather) and Foiros (the Sun God) are often spoken of as cohorts or associates of Urtengor’s; when He brought metallurgy, mining and forge-skills to the Thergerim, these two aided him. As the dwarves moved further underground, Foiros gifted Urtengor with the fabled Sungems, or
MezkhirrilErons (MezkhirrilErons), which enabled them to grow crops in low light conditions. Thus Urtengor also was named the God of Warmth, representing a counterpart to the other earthen Goddess, Queprur, the Goddess of Death and Coldness. Grothar then withheld rain for a time so that the Deepwaters of the earth could build up in the underground caverns and pools for the dwarves' sake.

As thanks for their assistance, it is said that Urtengor did two further things in Caelereth. He forged the moon as a mirror for Foiros, and every month he ensures that it is cleaned and polished, that Foiros may send his reflection upon the night earth. Its waxing and waning are the hands of Trum-Baroll passing across the surface, say the more liberal dwarves. Secondly, he promised Grothar that they would hunt cloudbison together, and even gave him the loan of his forging hammer to crack skulls with - so when it thunders, and lightning smashes through the sky, and dark clouds scud away, we know that the two Gods are tossing the hammer at their etheric prey.

Eyasha and Nehtor are also said to have assisted Urtengor in the melding of Caelereth, although later Etherus and Queprur would destroy part of what they made. Urtengor united the Earths to a single world with the help of Eyasha and Nehtor and He later on forged the mountains, so that the humble creatures would gain delight by looking at the whole creation from the mountain tops. Baveras made the sea and Seyella watched the Gods with knowing eyes. Grothar took heed that the elements fought their fight at Caelereth for this fight constituted life. Armeros look at it and he smiled. Although the Gods mostly satisfied the Dream of harmony of Avá, there were two Gods - Etherus and Queprur - whose intention was otherwise. Etherus was known among the Gods for being the most unpredictable in his actions and as Urtengor was busy designing the landscape, Etherus made seas flooding lands and volcanoes destroying territories Urtengor already had formed completely. Etherus and Queprur laughed as destruction was their greatest joy. It is even said that Etherus and Urtengor fought each other, resulting in the gigantic Death Marches and Barren Lands on the later continent at the northwest of Caelereth) and that Avá Herself had to calm them. Indeed this divine fight was not a battle to gain power or control of the other God, but both Gods did only their tasks assigned by the Mother of All. So according to the battle between the Gods the world of Caelereth was divided into many isles, but the main land Urtengor had created still remained as one and it was called Méra'thón ("Holy Ground").

Trum-Baroll, the Dwarven Creator.
As already mentioned, Urtengor or Trum-Baroll has a special position in dwarven myth - he is refered to as the "Father-of-All". It is told in Thergerim lore that at the beginning of times the dwarves were mere living stone just like the elves were only mere windy phenomenons. These very first stone beings were formed by the Un'SthommErons, "[those] like stones" or simply "the Dwarven Fathers". The Un'SthommErons were half-gods who were themselves carved by Trum-Baroll, the Forging God, the Shaper of Earth Himself. They are said to have been giants in fact, seven in number, who followed the example of their creator, carving more of his like. They were called Aephesvil, Corunvil, Hothesvil, Kannvil, Quontvil, Trumvil and Unphvil. In many dwarven tales it is told that these forefathers as well as the Un'SthommErons are still existent - in the great underground empire of Toll Dispor'Baroll ("Realm of the Lost Father"), which refers to Trum-Baroll's domain. It is common dwarven belief that Trum-Baroll indeed is not a spiritual god as humans interpret the Gods, but a living being of stone who reigns the Un'SthommErons in His gigantic realm in the womb of the Caelereth earth. According to dwarven belief Trum-Baroll indeed is the God who created the world out of his own matter, other races are often interpreted as "by-products" of the forging of the dwarven race.

There exist many legends about Trum-Baroll and how He shaped things in the Beginning of Time. One of the most popular stories among the dwarves is the "Mining of the Stars":

"Trum-Baroll Dwarf-Lord woke up.
He awoke and stood; his arms touched the sky.
At that time it was night and it was dark.
Trum-Baroll scraped his knuckles on the sky roof.
He was angry!
THERE IS NO LIGHT, he said.
I WILL MAKE LIGHTS FOR THE DARKNESS WHEN MOON IS GONE.
So Trum-Baroll took his pick and struck the sky.
Jewels were there, far above in the sky roof.
And Trum-Baroll named them stars.
"

-- "Santharian Tales" Accumulated by Bard Judith, p. 11.
Read the story in the dwarven original at "The Mining of the Stars".
 

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