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RUKU is an Elvish root signifying "the dreadful shapes ... taken by the servant of Melkor"[1] that haunted the Elves and "the terror that they inspired"[2].


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In the Etymologies appears the root RUK, signifying "demon".[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Five. Myths Transformed", "[Section] X", p. 416
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix C. Elvish names for the Orcs", pp. 389-391, 415 (Author's note 28)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 384