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gar is a Noldorin word of uncertain meaning.

The word appears in two places:

  1. in a phrase on a draft of Thrór's Map: "Lheben teil brann i annon ar neledh neledhi gar godrebh"[1]
  2. in an Elvish poem published in The Monsters and the Critics: "[...] Damrod dir hanach dalath benn gar meilien [...]"[2]

David Kiltz has suggested that gar likely means "to go", or something similar.[3] Hammond and Scull also appear to translate gar as "go" in their translation of the phrase on the draft of Thrór's Map.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, pp. 92, 150 (note 6)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays, "A Secret Vice", p. 217
  3. David Kiltz, Noldorin _gar_ (message 512) (dated 30 October 2003) at Elfling