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úvanimo, or úvano, means "a monster, corrupt or evil creature" in Quenya.[1] The word úvanimo also appears in the Etymologies, given the meaning "monster (creature of Melko)" (wrongly rendered as capitalized "Úvanimor" in the published text).[2][3]

Such creatures that were identified by this term include Giants, Ogres, and Gongs.[source?]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 150
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 351
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 7