S. Gwaihir m. “Windlord”

S. Gwaihir, m. “Windlord”

Lord of the eagles, translated “Windlord” (LotR/261) or “Lord of the Storm” (LR/301). It is a combination of gwae(w) “wind” and hîr “lord” (PE17/33). It appears that in this name, the older diphthong [ai] was preserved from the primitive ✶waiwa(y) > S. gwae.

Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name first appeared as N. Gwaewar (LR/301), and so appeared in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (TI/134), though in one place it appeared as Gwaiwar (TI/151). Tolkien eventually changed it to N. Gwaehir >> Gwaihir (TI/430), and it mostly kept this form thereafter, though it occasionally appeared as Gwaehir (MR/410), which would be more in keeping with the usual revision of [ai] to [ae].

References ✧ LotR/261; LotRI; LR/301; LRI; MRI/Gwaehir; PE17/33; RSI

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gwae(w) “wind” ✧ PE17/34
hîr “lord, master”

N. Gwaihir m. “Windlord”

See S. Gwaihir for discussion.

References ✧ SD/45; SDI1/Gwaihir; TI/430; TII/Gwaewar; WJI/Gwahir; WRI

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gwaew “wind”
hîr “master, lord”

N. Gwaewar m. “Windlord”

See S. Gwaihir for discussion.

References ✧ LR/301; LRI/Gwaewar, Gwaihir; SD/45; SDI1/Gwaihir; TI/134, 151, 426, 430; TII

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gwaew “wind”
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