S. Gothmog m.
Conceptual Development: The name G. Gothmog “Strife-and-hatred” dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, where he was the son of Melko(r) (LT2/67). In the Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, N. Gothmog became the Lord of the Balrogs (LR/117), and in The Etymologies his name was given the derivation described above (Ety/GOS, MBAW). At one point Tolkien considered making it an Orc name meaning “Voice of Goth” (LR/406), but there is no indication this was anything other than a transient idea.
References ✧ LBI; LotRI; SI; UTI; WJI
N. Gothmog m. “Voice of Goth”
References ✧ Ety/GOS, MBAW; LR/406; LRI; SMI; WRI
|ᴹ√GOS||“dread”||✧ Ety/GOS (GOTH)|
|ᴹ√MBAW||“compel, force, subject, oppress”||✧ Ety/GOS|
|ᴹ✶Gothombauk- > Gothmog||[gotʰombauko] > [gotʰombǭko] > [goθombǭko] > [goθombouko] > [goθombauko] > [goθombauk] > [goθombaug] > [goθmbaug] > [goθmbaug] > [goθmmaug] > [goθmaug]||✧ Ety/MBAW|
G. Gothmog m. “Strife-and-hatred”
References ✧ LT1A/Kosomot; LT1I; LT2/67, 216; LT2A/Gothmog; LT2I/Gothmog, Kosmoko; PE13/105; PE15/26; PME/48; QL/62
|goth||“war, strife”||✧ LT1A/Kosomot; LT2/67; LT2A/Gothmog|
|ᴱ√MOKO||“hate”||✧ LT1A/Kosomot; QL/62|
|mog-||“to detest, hate”||✧ LT2/67; LT2A/Gothmog|
|ᴱ√GOÞO||“strive; angry”||✧ QL/62 (KOSO)|