Q. Andúril, pn. “Flame of the West”

The name of Aragorn’s sword after it was reforged (LotR/277), rechristened from its original name Narsil. This new name is a combination of the prefix andú- “west” and the root √RIL “brilliance” (PE17/35, 47). It was translated “Flame of the West” (LotR/277, Let/425).

Conceptual Development: Aragorn’s sword was long called Branding in Lord of the Rings drafts, and ᴹQ. Andúril did not appear until a late typescript (WR/370).

References ✧ Let/425.3811; LotR/0277.0505; LotRI; PE17/034.4202; PE17/047.1405; SA/ril.008

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andú- “going down, setting (of sun), west” ✧ PE17/035.0402 (andū)
RIL “brilliant, brilliance” ✧ PE17/047.1309; SA/ril.001

ᴹQ. Andúril pn. “Flame of the West”

See Q. Andúril for discussion.

References ✧ WR/370.3601; WRI

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