thoron (“eagle”) + taur (“king”)
noun. eagle lord
masculine name. King of Eagles
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, this character was named Thorndor “King of Eagles” (LT2/192), a form that also appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/34, 102; LR/126). The form Thorondor first appeared as a late change in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s (LB/292), and this new form gradually supplanted the old one in the Silmarillion drafts (LR/145, 256). N. Thorondor was the only form to appear in The Etymologies, where it was translated “King of Eagles” and given the derivation described above (Ety/THOR).
- Q. Sorontar “King of Eagles” ✧ SA/thoron; WJI/Sorontar
Word Gloss thoron “eagle” -dor “*king, lord”
- Thoron-dor ✧ Let/427