Q. Mardil m. “Devoted to the House”
Name of the first ruling steward of Gondor (LotR/670, 1039). Tolkien translated the name as “devoted to the house” (Let/386). It is a combination of mar(da) “house” and the suffix -(n)dil meaning “devoted to, -friend” (SA/bar, (n)dil).
Possible Etymology: In notes from the mid-1950s (PE17/106-7), Tolkien distinguished the word mar(da) (mard-) “house” and the word már “home” often used of the names of lands. The name Mardil might contain either, but I think marda “house” is more likely. Some authors have suggested that the “House” in this name may refer to the House (family) of the Kings of Gondor (QQ/már), but in Tolkien’s notes he said that this word was not used in this way (PE17/107).
References ✧ Let/386; LotRI; PMI; SA/bar, (n)dil; SI; UTI
|mar(da)||“house, dwelling, residence, mansion, a thing or place dwelt in, home”|
|-(n)dil||“-friend, -lover; devotion, disinterested love”||✧ Let/386 (ndil); SA/(n)dil|
|már||“home, dwelling, habitation”||✧ SA/bar|
ᴹQ. Mardil m.
References ✧ WR/153; WRI
|mar||“home, dwelling, house, habitation; earth”|
ᴹQ. Máraher m. “Good Steward”
References ✧ WR/153; WRI/Mardil
|mára||“good (of things), useful, fit”|