S. Morwen f. “Dark Maiden”

S. Morwen, f. “Dark Maiden”

Wife of Húrin and mother of Túrin (S/148), her name was translated “Dark Maiden” (WJ/409), a combination of the element MOR “black” and the suffixal form -wen of gwend “maiden” (SA/mor, wen).

Conceptual Development: In draft notes from the 1910s she was first called ᴱQ. Tiranne (LT2/139), but the earliest Lost Tales themselves, this character was named G. Mavwin (LT2/70). In Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s, her name was revised first to ᴱN. Morwin (LB/22) and then Morwen (LB/104). Her name was N. Morwen in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/23, LR/276). The name Morwen also appeared in The Etymologies (Ety/MOR).

References ✧ LotRI; LT2I/Mavwin, Morwen, Tirannë; PMI; SA/mor, wen; SI; UTI; VT50/18; WJ/409; WJI

Glosses

Elements

MOR “black, dark, darkness” ✧ SA/mor
-wen “maiden, *female suffix” ✧ SA/wen

Element In


N. Morwen f.

See S. Morwen for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/WEN; LRI; PE22/41; SM/221; SMI/Mavwin, Morwen

Elements

morn “black”
gwenn “maiden” soft-mutation
ᴹ✶wen- “girl” ✧ Ety/WEN

ᴱN. Morwin f.

References ✧ LB/22; LBI/Morwen

Variations


G. Mavwin f.

References ✧ LB/22; LBI/Morwen; LT2/70, 139; LT2A/Mavwin; LT2I/Mavoinë, Mavwin, Morwen, Tirannë; PE15/61; SM/221; SMI/Mavwin, Morwen

Variations

Changes

Elements

mavwin² “wish” ✧ LT2A/Mavwin (mavwin)

Cognates

Derivations