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Q. morimaitë adj. “black-handed” (Category: Hand (other))

Q. morimaitë, adj. “black-handed” (Category: Hand (other))

A word for “black-handed” in Treebeard’s description of orcs, a combination of Q. morë (mori-) “black” and Q. maitë “handed” (LotR/979; PE17/110). This description was literal rather than figurative (NM/176). ᴹQ. morimaite was already the form Tolkien used in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (SD/68).

References ✧ LotR/979; NM/176; PE17/110



morë “dark, black; darkness, night” ✧ PE17/110 (#mori-)
maitë “handy, skillful; having a hand, handed; shapely” ✧ PE17/110 (~maite)

ᴹQ. morimaite adj. “*black-handed” (Category: Hand (other))

See Q. morimaitë for discussion.

Reference ✧ SD/68