S. Pelennor loc. “Fenced Land”

S. Pelennor, loc. “Fenced Land”

The walled region around Minas Tirith (LotR/749), translated “Fenced Land” (PE17/65, 95; RC/512), a combination of pêl “fenced field” (SA/pel) and dôr “land”.

Possible Etymology: David Salo suggested that its initial element could have developed from an archaic older form of pêl: ✶peles- ⇒ OS. peleh-ndore (GS/388), which explains its initial form Pelen-. See below for possible phonetic developments.

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Pelennor (WR/268).

References ✧ LotRI; PE17/65, 95; PMI; RC/512; SA/pel; UTI



#pêl “*fenced field” ✧ PE17/95 (#pel)
dôr “land”
PEL “fence, border, edge; bound, limit; go round, encircle” ✧ SA/pel


Phonetic Developments

PEL > pelennor [pelesendore] > [pelehendore] > [pelehendor] > [pelendor] > [pelennor] ✧ PE17/65

N. Pelennor loc.

See S. Pelennor for discussion.

References ✧ SDI1/Pelennor; WR/260; WRI


pêl “fenced field”
dôr “land, dwelling-place, region where certain people live”