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Sandastan was the Quenya word for a defensive formation used by the soldiers of the Númenórean Realms, better known by the Sindarin thangail.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The final element in sandastan is derived from the stem stama- meaning bar or exclude, so the literal translation is probably 'shield-barrier'.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields".
  2. Ardalambion: Quenya Corpus Wordlist. Retrieved 2010-09-01.