S. Ascar loc. “rushing, impetuous”

S. Ascar, loc. “rushing, impetuous”

A tributary of Gelion, later named Rathlóriel (S/123), translated “rushing, impetuous” by Christopher Tolkien (SI/Ascar). It is simply the adjective [N.] ascar “rushing” used as a name. Given the river’s location in Ossiriand, this name might be Nandorin instead.

Conceptual Development: This name appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/135, SM/325) along with the variant Asgar (SM/325, WJ/336). In The Etymologies, it was designated an Ilkorin name, Ilk. Ascar, though the adjective ascar was designated both Noldorin and Ilkorin, along with a Noldorin-only variant asgar (Ety/SKAR). Like many of the river names in Ossiriand, Tolkien did not give a new etymology of the name after he abandoned the Ilkorin language. Since [sk] usually became [sg] in Sindarin, this name is likely either archaic or dialectal.

References ✧ SI; WJI




N. asgar “violent, rushing, impetuous”

Ilk. Ascar loc.

A river marked Ilkorin in The Etymologies (Ety/SKAR), simply ascar “violent, rushing, impetuous” used as a name.

See S. Ascar for further discussion.

References ✧ Ety/SKAR; LRI; SM/135, 325; SMI




ascar “violent, rushing, impetuous” ✧ Ety/SKAR