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Tarlang

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Tarlang was a legendary giant.[1]

[edit] History

According to folklore, Tarlang belonged to a group of giants who in "ancient days" were building the White Mountains in order to prevent Men from entering the giants' land close by the Sea. While carrying a heavy load of rocks, Tarlang stumbled and fell on his face, fatally breaking his neck. His corpse was used by the other giants to finish the wall: his remants formed the pass Tarlang's Neck (from the break in his neck), Dol Tarlang (consisting of his head), and Cûl Veleg and Cûl Bîn (remnants of his load of rocks).[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name Tarlang is glossed as "stiff neck", consisting of tarch ("stiff, tough") + lang ("neck").[1][2]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings, omitted entry quoted in Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 536-7
  2. Didier Willis, "Hiswelókë's Sindarin Dictionary" , Jrrvf.com (accessed 20 February 2013)
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