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Lungorthin

Lungorthin
Balrogs
Anastasiya Cemetery - Lungorthin.jpg
"Lungorthin" by Anastasiya Cemetery
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Balrogs
PositionBalrog lord
LocationAngband
AffiliationMorgoth
BirthCreation of the Ainur
Physical Description
RaceBalrogs
GenderMale
WeaponryWhistling Whips
GalleryImages of Lungorthin
"But Lungorthin Lord of Balrogs
on the mouth smote him, and Morgoth smiled:
‘Nay, fear when thou feelest, when the flames lick thee.
and the whistling whips thy white body
and wilting flesh weal and torture!’
"
The Lays of Beleriand, The Lay of the Children of Húrin, Lines 96-100

Lungorthin was a Lord of Balrogs in an early stage of The Silmarillion. He is not mentioned in the later Silmarillion, or the published Simarillion.

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[edit] History

Lungorthin is mentioned only once, in The Lay of the Children of Húrin; after Húrin was captured by Morgoth, Lungorthin smote him on the mouth.[1]

[edit] Etymology

According to Christopher Tolkien, it is likely that Lungorthin is not another name for Gothmog, as the name Gothmog was mentioned in the earliest Middle-earth writings, as well as the final version of Tolkien's mythology.

The thane of Morgoth who smote him on the mouth (version I, 59) now becomes Lungorthin, Lord of Balrogs (96)——which is probably to be interpreted as ‘a Balrog lord’, since Gothmog, reappears in the ‘Silmarillion’ tradition.
The Lays of Beleriand, The Lay of the Children of Húrin, Christopher Tolkien’s Commentary on Part I of the second version

The name Lungorthin is in Noldorin, according to Eldamo, but its meaning is unclear. LUNG in Sindarin means “Heavy.” GAR means “fenced.” or means “above.”[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In Tolkien's first version of The Lay of the Children of Húrin, Túrin son of Húrin & Glorund the Dragon, "Lungorthin, Lord of Balrogs" had no name and race, being referred to instead as an unknown thane of Morgoth who smote Húrin on the mouth.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin", pp. 98, 102-3
  2. Paul Strack, "ᴱN. Lungorthin m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 24 March 2022)