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sharkû

This article is about an Orkish word. For the orc from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, see Sharku.

sharkû is an Orkish word meaning "old man".[1][note 1] Modified to fit the Common Speech (and anglicized in The Lord of the Rings) it was rendered as "Sharkey", used by the Orcs and Men of Isengard as a nickname for their leader, the Wizard Saruman.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Andreas Möhn has suggested that sharkû might be derived from a hypothetical Mannish root ZAR. The ending could be identified with the ending seen in Tharkûn.[3]

Notes

  1. Robert Foster used the form sharkú in his Complete Guide to Middle-earth (see entry for Sharkey).

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 763
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 658
  3. Andreas Möhn, "Etymologies of the Atani Languages" , Lalaith's Middle-earth Science Pages (accessed 22 April 2013)