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noun. ancient S

_prop. n. _ancient S. name of Sauron. >> Sauron

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:183-4] < ? + THAW. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by


noun. abominable fear

gor (“fear, dread”) + thaur (“abominable, abhorrent”) In [Etym. THUS-] the last element is given thû “stench”, as the proper name of the chief servant of Morgoth.

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masculine name. ?Mist of Fear

Sindarin name of Q. Sauron, glossed “the Cruel” in The Silmarillion (S/32), but it is unclear whether this is an accurate translation. According to Christopher Tolkien, it is a combination of gor “horror” and thaur “abominable” (SA/gor, thaur).

Conceptual Development: The earliest precursor of this name was ᴱN. Thû from the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s (LB/16), appearing in its extended form N. Gorthû as a late revision to the Lays (LB/232) and in the Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/333). The name was revised to Gorthaur in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (WJ/240).

The meaning of this name is unclear. In Definitive Linguistic Notes (DLN) from 1959, Tolkien indicated that Gorthu was the proper form, derived from primitive ✶ñgor(o)-thūsō “Mist of Fear”, and apparently Gorthaur was a later variation (PE17/183). The source of the etymology that Christopher Tolkien used in The Silmarillion appendix (given above) remains unpublished.


  • Q. Norsus “Mist of Fear” ✧ PE17/183
  • Q. Sauron “Abhorred” ✧ SI/Gorthaur; SI/Sauron; WJI/Gorsodh; WJI/Gorthaur; S/032


Phonetic Developments

ñgor(o)-thūsō > Gorthu > Gorthaur[ŋgorotʰūsō] > [ŋgorotʰūso] > [ŋgoroθūso] > [ŋgoroθūho] > [goroθūho] > [goroθūh] > [goroθū] > [gorθū] > [gorθu]✧ PE17/183


  • Gorsodh ✧ WJI/Gorsodh
Sindarin [PE17/183; S/032; SA/gor; SA/thaur; SI/Gorthaur; SI/Sauron; WJI/Gorsodh; WJI/Gorthaur] Group: Eldamo. Published by