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'''Dwimmerlaik''' was a name given to [[Witch-king|Lord of the Nazgûl]] by [[Éowyn]] (as [[Dernhelm]]) when she confronted him during the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]<ref>{{RK|Battle}}</ref>.  
 
'''Dwimmerlaik''' was a name given to [[Witch-king|Lord of the Nazgûl]] by [[Éowyn]] (as [[Dernhelm]]) when she confronted him during the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]<ref>{{RK|Battle}}</ref>.  
  
By extension, it is possible that ''Dwimmerlaik'' is how the [[Rohirrim]] called the rumors of the [[Nazgûl]] in general.
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By extension, it is possible that ''Dwimmerlaik'' is how the [[Rohirrim]] called the [[Wraiths]] or rumors of the [[Nazgûl]] in general.
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
It means 'phantom' (lit. "magical art") cf. [[Dwimordene]], [[Dwimorberg]]; from the [[Old English]] word ''gedwimer'' 'sorcery'.
 
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.
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It is not clear whether the word refers to a creature of the Rohanese folklore (like the [[holbytlan]]), specifically a [[phantom]]; 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<ref>http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/DayBooks.html</ref>.
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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 other than the appearance of the root ''dwimor-'' to describe [[Lothlorien]], 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==
 
*[[Dwimordene]]
 
*[[Dwimordene]]
 
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*[[Dwimorberg]]
 
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[[Category:Epithets]]
 
[[Category:Epithets]]
 
[[Category:Nazgûl]]
 
[[Category:Nazgûl]]
 
[[fi:Dwimordene#Nimestä]]
 
[[fi:Dwimordene#Nimestä]]

Revision as of 19:30, 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 Wraiths or 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), specifically a phantom; 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 other than the appearance of the root dwimor- to describe Lothlorien, 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