S. Drû pn. “Wose”

S. Drû, pn. “Wose”

A Sindarin word for “Wose”, a loan word from the Wose’s name for themselves: Drughu (UT/385).

Conceptual Development: In his Words, Phrases and Passages from the Lord of the Rings from the late 1950s or early 1960s, Tolkien considered making this word a native Sindarin adjective “savage, wild” derived from the root √DROB, a variant of √SROB from which rhaw¹ “wild” was derived (PE17/99). These roots would produce the Q. cognate (h)róva instead of better established Q. (h)ráva “wild”, so I personally prefer the later derivation of Drû as a loan word from Wos. Drughu.

References ✧ PE17/99; UT/385; UTI/Drúath, Drúedain, Rú




Drúath class-plural ✧ UT/385; UTI/Drúath
Drúin plural ✧ UT/385; UTI/Drúath

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Phonetic Developments

D)ROB > drû [drōb] > [drōv] > [drūv] > [drū] ✧ PE17/99