Q. Telcontar m. “Strider”

Q. Telcontar, m. “Strider”

The name of Aragorn’s lineage after he became king of Gondor, a Quenya translation of “Strider” (LotR/863). As suggested by Hamond and Scull, this name appears to contain telco “leg” (RC/580). If its translation is accurate, it is probably a compound of an otherwise unattested verb *telconta- “to stride” (“leg it”) and the archaic agental suffix -r(o).

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts, Tolkien first gave this name as ᴹQ. Tarakil “Trotter” >> Tarakon >> Tarantar, before settling on the final form Telkontar >> Telcontar (WR/390, 395).

References ✧ LotR/863; LotRI/Aragorn II, Telcontar; MR/216; MRI; SDI1/Telcontar; WR/395; WRI/Tarakil

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#telconta- “to stride, *(lit.) to leg it” ✧ LotR/863 (#telconta-)
#-r(o) “agental suffix”

ᴹQ. Tarakil m. “Trotter”

Quenya names for Aragorn’s line in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, glossed “Trotter” (WR/390, 395). The etymology of the name is unclear, but Roman Rausch suggested the initial element might be derived from the root ᴹ√TARAK (EE/3.42).

See Q. Telcontar for further discussion.

References ✧ SDI1/Tarantar; WR/390, 395; WRI

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