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The '''Naith''' of Lórien was a wedge-shaped land between the Rivers [[Celebrant]] and [[Anduin]], where the heartlands of [[Lothlórien]] lay, and its capital [[Caras Galadhon]] was found.<ref>{{FR|II6}}</ref>
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The '''Naith''' of Lórien was a wedge-shaped land between the Rivers [[Celebrant]] and [[Anduin]], where [[Egladil]], the heartlands of [[Lothlórien]] lay, and its capital [[Caras Galadhon]] was found.<ref>{{FR|II6}}</ref>
  
'''Gore''' was [[Haldir (elf of Lórien)|Haldir]]'s translation of the [[Elvish]] name Naith.
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'''Gore''' was [[Haldir]]'s translation of the [[Elvish]] name Naith.
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
  
The [[Sindarin]] word ''naith'' is glossed as "angle".<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 55</ref>
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The [[Sindarin]] word ''naith'' is glossed as "angle".<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 55</ref> In ''[[The Etymologies]]'' the word is glossed as "gore" and appears as a [[Noldorin]] word (the procursor of Sindarin), derived from the roots SNAS-/SNAT-. Other words derived from that root have the meaning of "spear-head, point, triangle", including a sketch of an arrow-head.<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}</ref>
  
The literal meaning was "spear-point", but over time it came to be used by the [[Elves]] for all manner of sharp or spear-like objects.{{fact}}
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The English gloss ''[[Wiktionary:gore#Etymology_3|gore]]'' is a rare word which describes any of a wide range of narrow or pointed items, originally a narrow triangular piece of land.
 
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] translates ''naith'' into English using the word ''gore'' (meaning "sharp point"), a very close equivalent. Just like ''naith'', ''gore'' can describe any of a wide range of narrow or pointed items, though it is now so rarely used that many readers find it almost as obscure as its [[Elvish]] equivalent. Its etymology goes back in time to Old English ''gára'' (a word for a narrow triangular piece of land) so Haldir's translation is a very precise one.{{fact}}
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Latest revision as of 21:52, 11 November 2014

The Naith of Lórien was a wedge-shaped land between the Rivers Celebrant and Anduin, where Egladil, the heartlands of Lothlórien lay, and its capital Caras Galadhon was found.[1]

Gore was Haldir's translation of the Elvish name Naith.

[edit] Etymology

The Sindarin word naith is glossed as "angle".[2] In The Etymologies the word is glossed as "gore" and appears as a Noldorin word (the procursor of Sindarin), derived from the roots SNAS-/SNAT-. Other words derived from that root have the meaning of "spear-head, point, triangle", including a sketch of an arrow-head.[3]

The English gloss gore is a rare word which describes any of a wide range of narrow or pointed items, originally a narrow triangular piece of land.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  2. 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. 55
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"