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saur is a Sindarin word meaning "bad", used in the sense "bad of food" and "putrid".[1]



Tolkien suggested that the name Sauron could be "a genuine Sindarin formation from saur", but stated that the name is "probably from Quenya".[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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), pp. 183-4