S. Maglor m. “*Forging Gold”
Second son of Fëanor (S/60), his name is phonetic conversion of his mother-name Q. Macalaurë “Forging Gold” (PM/353), which in proper Sindarin would have been Magalor (VT41/10).
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, his name was G. Maglor (LT2/241). It remained N. Maglor in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/88, LR/223). In The Etymologies, it was translated “Gold-cleaver”, a combination of the root ᴹ√MAK “cleave” and the suffixal form -lor of glaur “gold” (Ety/MAG). In “The Lay of Leithian Recommenced” from the 1950s, Tolkien revised the name to Maelor (LB/353), a form that also appears as a late change in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (MR/182 note §41), but when Tolkien devised the derivation given above in the “Shibboleth of Fëanor” from the late 1960s, he reverted back to Maglor.
References ✧ LB/353; LBI/Maelor; MRI; PM/352; PMI; SI; VT41/10; WJI
|glaur||“gold [light or colour]”||suffix||✧ VT41/10|
|✶maka-glaur- > magalor-||[makaglaur] > [makaɣlaur] > [magaɣlaur] > [magalaur] > [magalor]||✧ VT41/10|
N. Maglor m. “Gold-cleaver”
References ✧ Ety/MAK; LRI; SMI
|ᴹ√MAK||“sword; fight (with a sword), cleave”||✧ Ety/MAK|
|glaur||“gold”||suffix||✧ Ety/MAK (#-lor)|
ᴱN. Maglor m.
References ✧ LBI/Maelor, Maglor
G. Maglor m.
Reference ✧ LT2I/Maglor