ᴺS. !eriab n. “badger” (Category: Animals (other))
|N. rosta-||“to hollow out, excavate”|
A word for “brock, badger”, more literally “den-dweller”, appearing in 1969 notes as a late etymology for the name Felagund (NM/304). In this scenario, the name “den-dweller” was given to Felagund somewhat derisively by the sons of Fëanor referring to his tendency to hide away in Nargothrond (NM/304). However, in The Sillmarillion as published, Christopher Tolkien used the explanation that the name was given to Finrod by the Dwarves and meant “cave-hewer”, based on marginal notes from 1959 in Tolkien’s copy of The Silmarillion itself (PM/352).
Reference ✧ NM/304 ✧ Felagund “den-dweller; brock, badger”
|fela||“mine, boring, tunnel, underground dwelling; minor excavations, den”||✧ NM/304|
|^#cund||“*prince”||soft-mutation||✧ NM/304 (-gund)|