849SV: [Lambengolmor] _Uvanwaith_ 'the Nomenlands'
- Nov 13, 2005Patrick Wynne, on the name _Uvanwaith_:
> The only analysis of this name that I've found appearsFurther to the difficulties mentioned by Patrick, I
> in David Salo's _A Gateway to Sindarin_, in which he
> glosses _Uvanwaith_ as 'wilderness of monsters', < _úan_
> + _gwaith_ (pg. 394). [...] N./S. _gwaith_, in its lenited
> form _-waith_, is a common final element in place-names,
> in which it = '-land', and Tolkien's First Map for LotR
> provides several Noldorin examples contemporary with
> _Uvanwaith_: _Forodwaith_ 'Northerland', _Enedwaith_
> 'Middlemarch', and _Haradwaith_ 'Sutherland' (VII:30406).
would add that a name meaning literally *'monsterfolk'
seems a bit strange. As far as I know the region was
not inhabited by a people considered monstrous. It is
clear that _gwaith_ refers primarily to a host, or
people, and only by extension to the land inhabited by
that people: cf. V:398 s.v. WEG-, V:382 s.v. PHOR-,
and the description of the Lossoth as being 'a
strange, unfriendly people, remnant of the Forodwaith'
(LR:1041). The name _Forodwaith_ is an exact parallel
to _Norfolk_ in referring to both people and land. (This
development is quite normal; cf. _Éotheod_ [first
appearing on Pauline Baynes' map of Middle-earth],
meaning both 'horse-people' and 'the land of the
horse-people', and [for a real-world example]
_Svethiudh_, 'Sweden' on rune-stones.) _Enedwaith_ is
glossed 'Middle-folk' (VT42:6). So, _-waith_ in a
place-name would seem to indicate that the land was
inhabited by somebody, or, in this case, by nobody:
*'Nofolk'. But a no man's land is not necessarily a
wilderness inhabited by monstrous people.
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>