Q. Eärendur m. “Mariner, *(lit.) Servant of the Sea”

Q. Eärendur, m. “Mariner, *(lit.) Servant of the Sea”

Several people had this name in Tolkien’s legendarium: (1) the second son of Tar-Amandil (UT/208, 210), (2) a lord of Andúnië and uncle of lady Inzilbêth (UT/223) and (3) the 10th and final king of the combined kingdom of Arnor (LotR/1038). The name was a compound of ëar “sea” and the suffix -(n)dur “-servant”. Tolkien translated the name as “Mariner” (Let/386), but a more exact translation might be “*Servant of the Sea”.

References ✧ Let/386; LotRI; PE17/152; PMI; SA/(n)dur; SI/Eärendur¹, Eärendur²; UT/210; UTI





ëar “sea, great sea”
-(n)dur “servant; to serve” ✧ PE17/152 (ndur); SA/(n)dur
eärendur “(professional) mariner, *(lit.) servant of the sea” ✧ Let/386