S. Berúthiel f. “?Angry-queen”

S. Berúthiel, f. “?Angry-queen”

An infamous queen of Gondor, spouse of Tarannon (LotR/311, UT/401-2 note #7). The meaning of her name is unclear, but might be a combination of bereth “queen”, rûth “anger” and the feminine suffix -iel¹ (I do not know who first suggested this etymology).

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, Tolkien used the names Benish Armon >> Tamar >> Margoliantë Beruthiel before settling on simply Beruthiel (WR/454, 464). None of these variants shine any light on the possible meaning of her name.

References ✧ LotRI; RS/454, 464; RSI/Benish Armon, Beruthiel, Margoliantë; UTI

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bereth? “queen, spouse; supreme, sublime”
rûth? “wrath, anger”
-iel¹? “feminine suffix; daughter”