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ondo means "stone" or "rock" in Quenya.

[edit] Etymology

From OS *gondo, PQ gon(do)[1][2] from possible root *GON

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[edit] Real-world inspiration

J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by the early Celtic word ond, also meaning "rock".[3][4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 359 (entry GOND-)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, p. 374
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag End, pp. 849, 853
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 324, (dated 4-5 June 1971)