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A nickname for [[Saruman]] given by his servants and soldiers in [[Isengard]] and later used in the [[Shire]] during the last stages of the [[War of the Ring]]. In its origin we catch a rare glimpse of an [[Orkish]] word: [[sharkû]], which is said to mean, 'old man'.
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'''Sharkey''' was a nickname for [[Saruman]] given by his servants and soldiers in [[Isengard]] and later used in [[the Shire]] during the last stages of the [[War of the Ring]].  
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==Etymology==
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The nickname attempts to translate into English the [[Westron]] word. The name is not given but it was actually based on [[orkish]] ''[[sharkû]]'' 'old man'.  
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The word therefore is an Anglicization of ''sharkû'' and the -ey is intended to be the English "diminutive and quasi-affectionate ending -ey".<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 763</ref> A Westron ending of such function is not known.
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Latest revision as of 23:00, 25 November 2012

Sharkey was a nickname for Saruman given by his servants and soldiers in Isengard and later used in the Shire during the last stages of the War of the Ring.

[edit] Etymology

The nickname attempts to translate into English the Westron word. The name is not given but it was actually based on orkish sharkû 'old man'.

The word therefore is an Anglicization of sharkû and the -ey is intended to be the English "diminutive and quasi-affectionate ending -ey".[1] A Westron ending of such function is not known.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 763