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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. come swooping down

Tolkien used similar Elvish words for “eagle” for much of this life. The first appearance of its root was ᴱ√ŠORO⁽⁾ “eagle” from the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s with derivatives like ᴱQ. sorne “eagle” and ᴱQ. sornion “eyrie” (QL/86). Gilson, Hostetter, Wynne and Smith suggested that the Š may represent more ancient Þ, and Gnomish derivatives from the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon such as G. thorn “eagle” and G. thrond “eyrie, pinnacle” confirm that the actual early root was ✱ᴱ√ÞORO (GL/73). In The Etymologies of the 1930s Tolkien gave the root as ᴹ√THOR or ᴹ√THÓRON “come swooping down” with derivatives like ᴹQ. soron/N. thoron “eagle” and N. thôr “swooping, leaping down” (Ety/THOR). In a 1972 letter to Richard Jeffery, Tolkien gave primitive form ✶thorono “eagle” as the basis for Q. sorno/S. thoron, testifying to the enduring nature of this root (Let/427).


  • Ilk. thorn “eagle” ✧ Ety/THOR
  • thorono “eagle”
    • Q. soron “eagle” ✧ Let/427
    • S. thoron “eagle” ✧ Let/427
  • ᴹQ. soron “eagle” ✧ Ety/THOR
  • N. thôr “swooping, leaping down” ✧ Ety/THOR
  • N. thórod “torrent” ✧ Ety/THOR
  • N. thoron “eagle” ✧ Ety/THOR
  • On. thoron “eagle” ✧ Ety/THOR
    • N. thoron “eagle” ✧ Ety/THOR

Element in

  • ᴺQ. sortöa “aloe, (lit.) eaglewood”
  • Ilk. Brilthor “Glittering Torrent” ✧ Ety/THOR


  • THOR ✧ Ety/THOR; Ety/THOR
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/THOR; EtyAC/THOR] Group: Eldamo. Published by