S. Udûn loc. “Dark Pit”

S. Udûn, loc. “Dark Pit”

Sindarin name of Morgoth’s fortress Q. Utumno (MR/382) translated “Dark Pit” or “Hell” (RC/297), probably a derivative of the same primitive form ✶Utupnu as its Quenya cognate (MR/69). It was also the name of a plain in Mordor (LotR/928).

Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon from the 1910s this name was G. Udum or Uduvna (GL/74), probably derived from the same primitive root ᴱ√TUM(B)U as its (early) Quenya cognate ᴱQ. Utumna (QL/95, LT1A/Utumna). In The Etymologies from the 1930s, N. Udûn had essentially the same form and meaning as the later Sindarin name, though at this stage its primitive form was given as ᴹ✶Utubnu (Ety/TUB).

The vale in Mordor was first called N. Narch or Narch Udûn (SD/34, WR/438).

References ✧ LotRI; MRI; RC/297; SA/tum; SD/34; SDI1/Narch; TII; WRI/Narch Udûn

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N. Udûn loc.

See S. Udûn for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/TUB; EtyAC/TUB

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ᴹ✶Utubnu > Udūn [utubnu] > [utubno] > [utumno] > [utumn] > [udumn] > [uduvn] ? [udūn] ✧ Ety/TUB

G. Udum loc.

See S. Udûn for discussion.

References ✧ GL/74; LT1A/Utumna; QL/99

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