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inbar "a horn"[1] is an element in the Khuzdul name Barazinbar.

[edit] Etymology

The word derives from the Root N-B-R,[1] which was mistyped as Root M-B-R[2] in The Treason of Isengard.[3]

Magnus Åberg speculated that the actual word might be *nibar or *mibar since words of three radical vowels such this don't begin with a vowel, but the form given in Parma Eldalamberon 17 is merely inbar.[1] The currently-unpublished notes on Khuzdul phonology and root modifications may shed light on this matter.[4]


  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), p. 35
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, p. 174
  3. An analysis of Dwarvish by Magnus Åberg
  4. Carl Hostetter, "reply to: Khuzdul - mostly to Aelfwine/Carl Hostetter" dated 26 November 2004, The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza: Forum (accessed 17 April 2017)