topon. Mickleburg, (lit.) Great Fortress

Sindarin name of the Dwarven city of Kh. Gabilgathol, translated “Mickleburg” (S/91) and “Great Fortress” (WJ/209). This name is a compound of beleg “mighty” and ost “fortress” (SA/beleg, os(t)).
Conceptual Development: The name G. Belegost appeared in the earliest Lost Tales, already with the etymology given above (LT2/230, LT2A/Belegost). In one place it appeared in an extended form Ost Belegost (LT2/244).
The name reappeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, where it was translated “Great Fortress” alongside its Dwarven name Gabilgathol (LR/274). The name N. Belegost was translated “Great City” in the Etymologies (Ety/BEL), where its decomposition was made explicit as Beleg-ost (EtyAC/OS).

[LotRI/Belegost.001, MRI/Belegost.001, PMI/Belegost.001, S/091.2808, SA/beleg.006, SA/os(t).005, SI/Belegost.001, SI/Mickleburg.004, UTI/Belegost.001, WJ/209.0902, WJ/209.1202, WJ/209.1502, WJ/389.2307, WJI/Belegost.001, WJI/Gabilgathol.007, WJI/Turosto.003] Group: Eldamo. Published by



topon. Mickleburg, (lit.) Great Fortress

Quenya name of Belegost (WJ/389). Its first element is a derivative of the root √TUR “strong” and the second element is osto “fortress”.

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