Re: [mythsoc] Re: Fw: LOTR
- On 12/23/01 7:47 AM, "Ted Sherman" <tedsherman@...> wrote:
> Carl,No, it isn't. _Mordor_ contains two Elvish elements: _mor_ 'dark' + _(n)dor_
> And what are those elvish words derived from. Mordor is from OE morthor
> (where th signifies the OE edh).
land'. These Elvish elements existed in Tolkien's lexicon, and were
productive separately in other names, long before Tolkien began writing _The
Lord of the Rings_, and hence long before he ever coined the name _Mordor_.
The resemblance of _Mordor_ to OE _morthor_ is purely coincidental. And
though it may be a happy coincidence, one cannot thereby claim that the
Elvish word is derived from the Old English.
| Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org |
| ho bios brachys, he de techne makre. |
| Ars longa, vita brevis. |
| The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne. |
| "I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take |
| such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about." |