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mindon

[edit] Quenya

mindon is a noun meaning "lofty tower" in Quenya. Compare with minas in Sindarin.[1][2]

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[edit] Sindarin/Noldorin

mindon means "isolated hill ... especially a hill with a watch-tower" in Noldorin.[3] Evidently, this meaning was retained in Sindarin in the contraction min, as Tolkien wrote in his unfinished index that Min-Rimmon meant "peak of the Rimmon".[4][note 1]

[edit] Etymology

From Primitive Quendian minitunda or minitaun, derived from roots MINI + TUN.[3]

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Notes

  1. It is a bit unclear if Hammond and Scull interpret the meaning to be Sindarin, or if Tolkien so actually wrote in the unpublished manuscript.

[edit] References

  1. Ruth S. Noel, The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth
  2. Quenya Corpus Wordlist edited by Helge Fauskanger
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 373, 395
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 511