It seems as though it has been at least a little while since Frár had his beard shorn by the elves. So...why is he still beardless? In the adventuring phase for the year 2961 in DoM, it says "If the companions met Frár before, they find the years have mellowed him somewhat; his beard too has regrown, and he seems less bitter and angry..." So, this suggests he was beardless for some time. So, why does it take so long for him to grow his beard back? I can think of three possibilities:
- Shame: Either cultural (among the Dwarves it is shameful/a sign of weakness/etc. to have one's beard shorn, and one is expected not to grow it back until one has somehow redeemed oneself) or personal (Frár felt personally humiliated by being shaved by the elves, and has chosen not to regrow his beard until he gets some measure of revenge/compensation/etc.) If this option, then what occurs that allows Frár to regrow his beard by 2961?
- Physiology: Dwaven beards just grow that slowly, and although he may have stubble when the Characters first meet him in the 2940s, the beard has not fully grown back until they see him again in 2961.
- Magic: The elves used some sort of elven magic on him after shaving him, to prevent his beard from regrowing, and thus prolong his humiliation. If this option, then what occurs between when the characters first meet him and 2961, to remove the magic, and allow the whiskers to grow back?
Thanks for your time.