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foalókë

Foalókë is a type of dragon. The name is only attested in a manuscript without context, so although it clearly means "breath-dragon",[1] it is unclear what kind of breath it means. If the trait referred to breathing fire, then it was another name for the Urulókë.

[edit] Etymology

The word is Quenya, foa ("breath") + lókë.[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

The name was first conceived for "a serpent that guarded a treasure", as back then the Qenya word foa referred to "hoard".[3] The Gnomish form was Fuithlug ("a dragon (who guards treasure)").[4] The name was mainly applied to the dragon Glórund.[5]

[edit] See also

References

  1. Paul Strack, "Q. foalócë n.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 1 March 2020)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 181
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 38
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", p. 340
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "II. Turambar and the Foalókë", passim