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Uzbad Khazaddûmu

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Uzbad Khazaddûmu was the Dwarvish word for "lord" or "king" of Khazad-dûm.[1]

Etymology and analysis

The phrase is translated as "Lord of Moria"; uzbad seems to be translated as "Lord", however Magnus Åberg proposes the theory that the word is enclitic, having a prefix *u- meaning "and". If this is so, uzbad is meaning "...and lord", the full phrase being "...son of Fundin and lord...". Åberg suggests that the basic form of "Lord" would be *zâbad.[2]

The ending -u in Khazaddûmu is probably "an ending that gives the noun an objective or locative meaning"[3].

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  2. An analysis of Dwarvish by Magnus Åberg
  3. An analysis of Dwarvish by Magnus Åberg