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'''Tarkil''' was a [[Quenya]] word, borrowed by speakers of the [[Common Tongue]] to describe the [[Men of the West]], those noble [[Men]] of [[Númenórean]] descent. The word came ultimately from a root form thought to be ''tára-kil'', meaning literally ''high follower'' (the [[Elves]] referred to Men as ''[[followers]]'' because they were the [[Afterborn]] [[Children of Ilúvatar]]).
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'''Tarkil''' was a [[Quenya]] word, borrowed by speakers of the [[Common Tongue]] to describe the [[Men of the West]], those noble [[Men]] of [[Númenórean]] descent.  
 
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The [[Orcs]] twisted the word to their own ends, and as ''[[Tarks|Tark]]'' they used it as an insulting term for the Gondorians. 'Tarkil' also probably lies behind the meaning of the name of [[Tarcil]], the sixth [[King of Arnor]], one of [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]]'s ancestors and an [[Heir of Isildur]] in his own right. In [[The Lord of the Rings]], the word is seen only in a note in [[Appendix F]], though at one time it was destined for more prominence: in the early drafts of the work, Aragorn himself is known as 'the Tarkil', but this is changed to 'the Dúnadan' in the published text.
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The [[Orcs]] twisted the word to their own ends, and as ''[[Tarks|Tark]]'' they used it as an insulting term for the Gondorians. 'Tarkil' also probably lies behind the meaning of the name of [[Tarcil]], the sixth [[King of Arnor]], one of [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]]'s ancestors and an [[Heir of Isildur]] in his own right.
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==Etymology==
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The word came ultimately from a root form thought to be ''tára-khil'', meaning literally ''high follower'' (the [[Elves]] referred to Men as ''[[followers]]'' because they were the [[Afterborn]] [[Children of Ilúvatar]]).
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==Other versions==
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In [[The Lord of the Rings]], the word is seen only in a note in [[Appendix F]], though at one time it was destined for more prominence: in the early drafts of the work, Aragorn himself is known as 'the Tarkil', but this is changed to 'the Dúnadan' in the published text.
 
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Revision as of 19:52, 20 April 2009

Tarkil was a Quenya word, borrowed by speakers of the Common Tongue to describe the Men of the West, those noble Men of Númenórean descent.

The Orcs twisted the word to their own ends, and as Tark they used it as an insulting term for the Gondorians. 'Tarkil' also probably lies behind the meaning of the name of Tarcil, the sixth King of Arnor, one of Aragorn's ancestors and an Heir of Isildur in his own right.

Etymology

The word came ultimately from a root form thought to be tára-khil, meaning literally high follower (the Elves referred to Men as followers because they were the Afterborn Children of Ilúvatar).

Other versions

In The Lord of the Rings, the word is seen only in a note in Appendix F, though at one time it was destined for more prominence: in the early drafts of the work, Aragorn himself is known as 'the Tarkil', but this is changed to 'the Dúnadan' in the published text.