S. Melthinorn pn. “Tree of Gold”

S. Melthinorn, pn. “Tree of Gold”

A name of Laurelin translated “Tree of Gold” (MR/155), apparently a combination of a variant form of the adjective [N.] malthen “of gold” and orn “tree” (Ety/SMAL). The initial adjective melthin- appears to be plural, though the reason why is unclear since the second element is obviously singular.

Conceptual Development: The name N. Melthinorn appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/30). It also appears in The Etymologies, which is the source of the derivation above (Ety/SMAL). In the same entry, there is an archaic form †Mellinorn, apparently containing a plural of N. mallen.

References ✧ MR/155; MRI



N. malthen “of gold” plural
orn “(tall straight) tree”

N. Melthinorn pn. “Tree of Gold”

See S. Melthinorn for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/SMAL; LR/210; LRI




malthen “of gold” plural ✧ Ety/SMAL (Melthin)
orn “tree” ✧ Ety/SMAL
mallen “of gold” plural ✧ Ety/SMAL (Mellin)