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Naith

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"