brand (word)

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This article is about an Elvish word. For the character in The Hobbit, see Brand.


brand or brann is a Sindarin word meaning "towering; 'tall and massive'". The form brand is also said to mean "steeple". The words brand, brann also appear to signify "sublime".[1]



Exilic Noldorin

brand or brann is an Exilic Noldorin word meaning "lofty, noble, fine".[2]

Tolkien apparently used the word brann to translate "high" in a Noldorin phrase inscribed on a draft of Thrór's Map.[3][4][5]


From Primitive Quendian b’randā, root BARÁD.[2]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 22-23
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 351
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, pp. 92, 150 (note 6)
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party" (translation by Gandalf of the Old English runes on the map)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Thrór's map inscription at (accessed 27 June 2011)