Q. Minardil m. “?Friend of the Tower”

Q. Minardil, m. “?Friend of the Tower”

25th king of Gondor (LotR/1038). The final element might be -(n)dil “-friend”, but the meaning of the initial element is unclear. There is possibility that it is a shortened form minas of minassë “tower”, possibly also appearing in the name of his son Minastan. In the phonetic development of Quenya, [s] before [d] would have been voiced to [z] which would then have developed into [r].

References ✧ LotRI; PMI; UTI


minassë? “fort, city (with a citadel and central watch tower)”
-(n)dil “-friend, -lover; devotion, disinterested love”