S. **Terchil coll. “High-men”

S. **Terchil, coll. “High-men”

A hypothetical Sindarin equivalent of Q. Tarcil(di) (PE17/101). This term was not used, but is what the Sindarin word would have been if it had developed from the primitive plural ✶tarkhildī.

Conceptual Development: A similar term N. Torfir appeared in The Etymologies from the 1930s, probably a combination of taur² “high” and feir¹ “mortal man” (EtyAC/TĀ). Torfir also appeared in an earlier version of Glorfindel’s greeting to Aragorn in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (TI/61), where it was a precursor to S. Dúnadan. It seems that in Tolkien’s later conception, Tolkien only used the term Dúnedain to refer to the High Men of the West in Sindarin.

Reference ✧ PE17/101 ✧ **terchil “high-men”



Phonetic Developments

tarkhildī > **terchil [tarkʰildī] > [tarkʰildi] > [tarxildi] > [tarxilði] > [terxilði] > [terxilð] > [terxill] > [terxil] ✧ PE17/101

N. Torfir pn. “High-man”

See S. **Terchil for discussion.

References ✧ EtyAC/TĀ; TI/61; TII



taur² “vast, mighty, overwhelming, awful, huge; high, sublime” ✧ Ety/TĀ (Tor-)
feir¹ “mortal man, mortal”

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