N. Nelig Myrn pn. “Teeth of Mordor”
A name for the towers guarding the entrance to Mordor in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, glossed “Teeth of Mordor” (WR/113). The name is a combination of the plural of neleg “tooth” and the plural of the adjective morn “black”, as suggested by Roman Rausch (EE/3.11).
Conceptual Development: This name first appeared as (rejected) Naglath Morn (WR/122) using the class-plural naglath “teeth” instead of the ordinary plural nelig. In the published version of The Lord of the Rings, the towers were named individually, as S. Carchost and S. Narchost.
References ✧ SDI1/Naglath Morn; WR/113, 122; WRI/Nelig Myrn
|neleg||“tooth”||plural||✧ WR/113 (Nelig)|
|morn||“black”||plural||✧ WR/113 (Myrn)|