S. Hadhodrond loc. “Dwarrowdelf, (lit.) Dwarrowvault”

S. Hadhodrond, loc. “Dwarrowdelf, (lit.) Dwarrowvault”

The original Sindarin name and translation of Khazad-dûm (S/91, WJ/389), a compound of Hadhod “Dwarf” and rond “vault” (SA/hadhod, rond; WJ/414), changed to Moria after its fall into darkness.

Conceptual Development: Earlier Sindarin translations include Nornhabar (WJ/209) and Dornhabar (PE17/35).

References ✧ S/91; SA/hadhod, rond; SI/Dwarrowdelf, Hadhodrond; WJ/389, 414, 419; WJI/Hadhodrond, Khazad-dûm, Nornhabar

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Hadhod “Dwarf” ✧ SA/hadhod; WJ/414
rond “(vaulted or arched) roof; vaulted chamber or cavern; heavens [as a roof of the world]” ✧ SA/rond; WJ/414

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S. Nornhabar loc. “Dwarrowdelf”

An earlier Sindarin translation of Khazad-dûm, replaced by Hadhodrond (WJ/209). It is a compound of norn “hard”, which is sometimes used as a name for Dwarves, and the lenited form of *sabar “delving”. A variant Dornhabar appears in Tolkien’s “Words, Phrases and Passages from The Lord of the Rings” (PE17/35), changing the initial element to dorn of similar meaning. The form Domhabar that was originally published in PE17 is confirmed to have been an error; see the Parma Eldalamberon Errata (PEE).

References ✧ PE17/35; PEE/17; WJ/209; WJI/Hadhodrond, Khazad-dûm, Nornhabar

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#norn “hard; dwarf”
#sabar “delving” soft-mutation

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