S. Nan Curunír loc. “Valley of Saruman”

S. Nan Curunír, loc. “Valley of Saruman”

Sindarin name of the Valley of Saruman (LotR/487), also translated “Wizard’s Vale” (LotR/552). It is a combination of nan(d) “valley” and Curunír “Saruman”.

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Nan Gurunír (TI/420, WR/8), since at this stage both nouns and adjectives were lenited in this position.

References ✧ LotR/487, 552; LotRI/Nan Curunír, Wizard’s Vale; RC/389; SD/136; SDI1/Nan Gurunír; WRI/Nan Gurunír



nan(d) “vale, valley”
Curunír “Man of Skill”

N. Nan Gurunír loc. “Valley of Saruman”

See S. Nan Curunír for discussion.

References ✧ SD/136; SDI1/Nan Gurunír; TI/420; WR/4; WRI/Nan Gurunír




nann “wide grassland”
curunir “a man of craft, wizard” soft-mutation