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Banazîr is a Hobbitish name meaning "simple minded". It was sometimes shortened to Ban.

It was the first name of Ban Galpsi.[1]

[edit] Etymology

It comes from the Westron element ban(a) meaning "half" and zîr meaning "wise"

[edit] Translations

The name was translated as "Samwise", and Ban as Sam.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F