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Re: [mythsoc] Re: Fw: LOTR

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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    ... No, it isn t. _Mordor_ contains two Elvish elements: _mor_ dark + _(n)dor_ land . These Elvish elements existed in Tolkien s lexicon, and were productive
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 23, 2001
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      On 12/23/01 7:47 AM, "Ted Sherman" <tedsherman@...> wrote:

      > Carl,
      > And what are those elvish words derived from. Mordor is from OE morthor
      > (where th signifies the OE edh).

      No, it isn't. _Mordor_ contains two Elvish elements: _mor_ 'dark' + _(n)dor_
      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." |
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