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Dwimmerlaik

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By extension, it is possible that ''Dwimmerlaik'' is how the [[Rohirrim]] called the rumors of the [[Nazgûl]] in general.
 
By extension, it is possible that ''Dwimmerlaik'' is how the [[Rohirrim]] called the rumors of the [[Nazgûl]] in general.
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
It means 'phantom' (lit. "magical art") cf. [[Dwimmordene]]; from the [[Old English]] word ''gedwimer'' 'sorcery'.
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It means 'phantom' (lit. "magical art") cf. [[Dwimordene]], [[Dwimorberg]]; from the [[Old English]] word ''gedwimer'' 'sorcery'.
  
 
It is not clear whether the word refers to a creature of the Rohanese folklore (like the [[holbytlan]]) therefore when Eowyn confronted the Witch-King she rather identified him with one, than coining the word on that moment.
 
It is not clear whether the word refers to a creature of the Rohanese folklore (like the [[holbytlan]]) therefore when Eowyn confronted the Witch-King she rather identified him with one, than coining the word on that moment.
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[[David Day]] in ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]'' considered that a Dwimmerlaik is any creature of Rohanese superstitious folklore that includes [[Elves]] and [[Ents]]. However there is no indication in Tolkien's writings that the word pre-existed or that it was used for other races<ref>http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/DayBooks.html</ref>.
 
[[David Day]] in ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]'' considered that a Dwimmerlaik is any creature of Rohanese superstitious folklore that includes [[Elves]] and [[Ents]]. However there is no indication in Tolkien's writings that the word pre-existed or that it was used for other races<ref>http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/DayBooks.html</ref>.
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Dwimmordene]]
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*[[Dwimordene]]
  
 
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Revision as of 18:35, 19 January 2012

Dwimmerlaik was a name given to Lord of the Nazgûl by Éowyn (as Dernhelm) when she confronted him during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields[1].

By extension, it is possible that Dwimmerlaik is how the Rohirrim called the rumors of the Nazgûl in general.

Etymology

It means 'phantom' (lit. "magical art") cf. Dwimordene, Dwimorberg; from the Old English word gedwimer 'sorcery'.

It is not clear whether the word refers to a creature of the Rohanese folklore (like the holbytlan) therefore when Eowyn confronted the Witch-King she rather identified him with one, than coining the word on that moment.

David Day in A Tolkien Bestiary considered that a Dwimmerlaik is any creature of Rohanese superstitious folklore that includes Elves and Ents. However there is no indication in Tolkien's writings that the word pre-existed or that it was used for other races[2].

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  2. http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/DayBooks.html