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noun. dwarf dwelling

naug (“dwarf”) + grod (“delving, underground dwelling”) Late substitution for Novrod (“hollow underground dwelling”) < nov (AS “hollow”) + grod (“excavation, underground dwelling”), which “retains the older Eldarin order with the adjectival element first”.

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place name. Hollowbold; (lit.) Hollow-delving, (later) Dwarf-delving

A Dwarven city in the Blue Mountains translated “Hollowbold” (S/91) or “Dwarrowdelf” (WJ/209). Originally, this name was North Sindarin (NS.) Novrod, a translation of Khuzdul Tumunzahar “Hollowbold”, but its initial element NS. nôf fell out of common use and the name was reformed as Nogrod (WJ/209, 389, 414). The reformed name was reinterpreted as a combination of S. naug “dwarf” and grod “delving”, hence: “Dwarrowdelf” or “Dwarf-delving” (SA/naug, groth).

Conceptual Development: The name G. Nogrod appeared in the earliest Lost Tales (LT2/224) and N. Nogrod was translated “Dwarfmine” in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/274). In The Etymologies it was translated “Dwarf-city” and given as a combination of N. naug “dwarf” and the root ᴹ√ROD or ᴹ√ROT “cave” (Ety/NAUK, EtyAC/NAUK). The more elaborate etymology given above was developed in conjunction with the Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (WJ/209, 389, 414).


  • NogrodNogrod “Dwarfmine” ✧ WJ/209
  • NogrodNogrod “Dwarrowdelf” ✧ WJ/209


  • Q. Návarot “Hollowbold”
  • Kh. Tumunzahar “Hollowbold” ✧ SI/Nogrod; WJ/209; WJI/Tumunzahar
  • Kh. Khazad-dûm “Dwarrowdelf, (lit.) Delving of the Dwarves” ✧ WJ/209; WJ/209


  • north S. Novrod “Hollowbold” ✧ SA/groth; WJ/389; WJ/414; WJI/Novrod


naug“dwarf; dwarf(ed), stunted”
groth“large excavation, delving, underground dwelling, large excavation, delving, underground dwelling; [N.] cave, tunnel, [G.] grot”
Sindarin [LotRI/Nogrod; PMI/Nogrod; S/091; SA/groth; SA/naug; SI/Hollowbold; SI/Nogrod; TII/Nogrod; UTI/Nogrod; WJ/209; WJ/389; WJ/414; WJI/Nogrod; WJI/Novrod; WJI/Tumunzahar] Group: Eldamo. Published by



Nogrod can be analyzed as containing Naug/Nogoth "dwarf"; the second element *-rod could be a form of rhaud "hollow, cavernous".[source?] Its name in Khuzdul was Tumunzahar (meaning "Hollowbold"), and its Quenya name was Návarot.

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