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Soron (archaic þoron) means "eagle" in Quenya.[1] The form soron may only be the form of this word used in compounds. As an independent word, Tolkien wrote it as sorno in a letter from 1972.[2] Earlier, in the Etymologies of the 1930s, soron "eagle" appeared beside an alternate form sorne, but its plural form sorni ("eagles") indicated that sorne was the common form.[3]

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This word derives from the primitive þoronō[2] from the root THORON "eagle", an extension of the root THOR "come swooping down".[3] In the development of Quenya words from Common Eldarin, a short vowel that follows another vowel of the same quality was lost[2], so that primitive þoronō developed into þorno and then sorno.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", thoron
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347, (dated 17 December 1972), p. 426-7
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", THOR