The castar, or Sindarin mirian, was the chief currency in Gondor. A smaller coin was the tharni or canath, a silver coin worth a fourth of the castar.
Westron castar bears a striking resemblance to the Hobbitish word kast and Rohirric kastu, which mean "mathom". Sindarin mirian seems to be derived from mîr, "jewel".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"