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burárum was an Entish sound or word issued by Treebeard when he spoke of the Orcs. The word is glossed as an "Entish noise of disgust".[1]

It has been speculated that burárum may even be a part of the Entish word for "Orcs".[who?] More likely, though, it represents a "deep rumbling noise like a discord on a great organ", signifying Treebeard's disgust at the thought of these creatures.

Although we do not know the actual Entish word for Orcs (assuming it is not burárum), we do have a segment of it translated into English: "evileyed-blackhanded-bowlegged-flinthearted-clawfingered-foulbellied-bloodthirsty", and also some fragments of this in Elvish: morimaite ("blackhanded") and sincahonda ("flinthearted").[source?]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 79