Uzbad Khazaddûmu was the Dwarvish phrase meaning for "lord" or "king" of Khazad-dûm. It was inscribed on Balin's Tomb.
Etymology and analysis
The phrase is translated as "Lord of Moria"; uzbad seems to be translated as "Lord", however since Khuzdul words of three consonants normally don't begin with a vowel, Magnus Åberg proposes that the word is enclitic, and *u- is actually a prefix 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.
The ending -u in Khazaddûmu is probably "an ending that gives the noun an objective or locative meaning".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 An analysis of Dwarvish by Magnus Åberg