Halls of Waiting

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Synonyms: Mahal's Halls (in dwarf-centric works)
Related: afterlife, Mandos
See Also: Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Dwarven Culture (Tolkien)
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The Halls of Waiting are a canon element of the afterlife in the works of Tolkien. They are watched over by Mandos. The different races are kept separate there, and elves may be re-embodied from the Halls.

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Many dwarves are canonically dead before main series starts, and others die during The Hobbit or between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Fanworks often discuss the dwarven afterlife and what it involves. Some also involve characters coming back to life, or contacting the living from the halls of the dead. Sometimes characters try to cross the barriers between races after death; this is common in the case of Kíli/Tauriel works and in works where Bilbo Baggins is in love with a dwarf.

Works that involve Challenging Mahal in order to return a dwarf to life usually take place in the dwarven portion of the Halls of Waiting. Many fanworks assume Mahal spends time with deceased dwarves in their section of the halls, and so dwarves in some works call the Halls of Waiting "Mahal's Halls".

Example Fanworks

The following works heavily involve dwarves in the afterlife:


The hobbit afterlife is not given in the text, but fandom has generally assumed they go to one of three places: the Halls of Mandos, the garden of Yavanna, or wherever Men go. The garden is a popular choice in the Hobbit subfandom.

Example Fanworks

The following works involve hobbits in the afterlife: