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Nazg

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Nazg means "(finger-)ring" in the Black Speech.[1]

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Etymology

It is perhaps derived from Valarin. There is the word Mâchananaškad , "Ring of Doom".[2]

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Inspiration

nazg was inspired by the Gaelic (Irish) word nasc (Scottish: nasg)), also meaning ring.[3][4]

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. 11
  2. Theory by Anthony Appleyard
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297, (dated August 1967)
  4. 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. 12