S. Aegnor m. “Fell Fire, Sharp Flame”

S. Aegnor, m. “Fell Fire, Sharp Flame”

Fourth son of Finarfin (S/61), variously translated “Fell Fire” and “Sharp Flame”. His name is an adaption of his Quenya mother name Aicanáro (PM/346). This name seems to be a compound of aeg “point” and the suffixal form -nor of naur “fire” (SA/nár).

Possible Etymology: His Quenya name was translated “Fell Fire”, from the element Q. aica “fell”, but Tolkien said that Aegnor was not a true Sindarin name, since there was no Sindarin word **aeg meaning “fell” (PM/347). Rather, a true translation of his name would be Goenor (PM/363).

There is, however, a Sindarin word aeg meaning “point; sharp, pointed, piercing”, attested in the name Aeglos “Snow-point” and in the word aeglir “range of mountain peaks” as in Hithaeglir “Misty Mountains”. Thus “Sharp Flame” might be a false etymology for this name. This alternate translation appeared in the Silmarillion Appendix (SA/nár) and some early writings from the 1950s (MR/323), but it may be that this was simply an earlier, rejected translation rather then a false etymology.

Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, his name was N. Egnor (SM/15, 88; LR/116, 223), and at this stage the initial element of his name was N. êg “thorn” from the root ᴹ√EK “spear” (Ety/EK, NAR¹). In draft notes associated with The Shibboleth of Fëanor, Tolkien considered changing this name to S. Eignor (VT41/19 note #19), but this seems to have been a transient idea.

References ✧ MR/323, 327; MRI/Aegnor, Aikanár; PM/346-347; PMI; SA/nár; SI; UTI; VT41/19; WJI/Aikanáro, Egnor






#aeg “sharp” ✧ SA/nár (#Aeg)
naur “fire” ✧ SA/nár (-nor)



Phonetic Developments

Aika-nār- > Aegnor [aikanāro] > [aikanǭro] > [aikanauro] > [aikanaur] > [aiganaur] > [aignaur] > [aegnaur] > [aegnor] ✧ PM/347

N. Egnor m.

See S. Aegnor for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/EK, NAR¹; LRI; MR/327; MRI/Aegnor; SMI; WJI




êg “thorn” ✧ Ety/EK
naur “flame” suffix ✧ Ety/EK (-nor)
ᴹ√EK “spear, (sharp) point, thorn” ✧ Ety/NAR¹
ᴹ√NAR¹ “flame, fire” ✧ Ety/NAR¹