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Langon

Langon
Anastasiya Cemetery - Langon.jpg
"Langon" by Anastasiya Cemetery
Biographical Information
LocationUtumna
AffiliationMelko
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Langon

Langon was a servant of Melko according to the early version of the Legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales.

[edit] History

Langon's race and the meaning of his name are unknown. During the Elder Days he became a servant of Melko.

When the Gods went to the Great Lands to attack Melko, he ran north and locked himself in Utumna. Then the Valar opened the gates and asked him to come forth. However, Melko sent Langon to negotiate with their enemies. His message was full of insolence and false flattery, causing wrath among the Gods.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Although Langon is never glossed, in the Gnomish Lexicon there are two entries that could be related: lang ("to blare, clang, ring"), langon ("great bell").[2] So perhaps the name has something to do with Langon "blaring forth" Melko's message.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "IV. The Chaining of Melko", p. 102
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 52