Q. Mahtan m. “?Forger Smith”

Q. Mahtan, m. “?Forger Smith”

Father of Nerdanel, said to be a great smith (S/64). The meaning of his name is unclear. Its initial element may be the root √MAK “forge metal” (@@@ phonology). Its final element is most likely the suffixal form -tan of tamo “smith”.

Conceptual Development: In some notes from the 1950s, he was named Sarmo, more commonly known by the sobriquet Urundil “Copper-lover” (PM/366).

References ✧ MRI; PMI; S/64; SI

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Elements

MAK “cut, hew with a sharp edge; kill, slay; forge metal”
tamo “smith, builder”

Q. Sarmo m.

An early name for the father of Nerdanel, later named Mahtan (PM/366). The meaning of this name are unclear.

References ✧ PM/366; PMI

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Q. Urundil m. “Copper-lover”

An early sobriquet of the father of Nerdanel, more widely known than his given name Sarmo (PM/366). This name is a compound of the root √URUN “copper” and the suffix -(n)dil “-friend, -lover”. In later writings, Tolkien changed his given name from Sarmo to Mahtan, so perhaps this sobriquet no longer applied.

References ✧ PM/366; PMI

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Elements

URUN “copper” ✧ PM/366
-(n)dil “-friend, -lover; devotion, disinterested love” ✧ PM/366 (-ndil)