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noun. Turgon

prop. n.

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noun. Turgon

master-shout (if interpretable at all); tûr (“mastery, victory”) + caun (“outcry, clamour” ) S name of Turukáno.

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masculine name. Ruling Lord, Victory Prince, (lit.) Master Shout

Second son of Fingolfin and the lord of Gondolin (S/60). His name seems to be a combination of tûr “mastery, victory” (SA/tur) and the suffix -gon (PM/345). His name was variously translated “Master Shout” (PM/345), “Ruling Lord” or “Victory Prince” (PE17/113).

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, his name was already G. Turgon (LT1/115), and it remained so throughout Tolkien’s writings. At the earliest stage it seems to have been derived from the root ᴱ√TURU “be strong”, as suggested by Christopher Tolkien (LT1A/Tuor). In Early Noldorin word lists from the 1920s, the name was glossed “fierce k[ing]”, but this entry was replaced with an unglossed form marked “ON”. In The Etymologies from the 1930s, Tolkien specified that the final element of N. Turgon was -gon, the suffixal form of caun “valour” (Ety/KAN).

In later writings, Tolkien considered several origins for this name, based on a variety of Quenya equivalents. In Notes on Names (NN) from 1957, he considered and rejected Q. Turondo “Lord of Stone” (PE17/112), briefly considered Q. Turucáno “Ruling Lord” (PE17/117) and also Q. Turukondo “Victory Prince” (PE17/113).

In his “Shibboleth of Fëanor” from 1968, Tolkien said his Quenya name was Turucáno (PM/345), untranslated but likely meaning something like “Victory Commander”. Tolkien said that his Sindarin name Turgon was a phonetic adaptation with no real meaning, but that it could be interpreted as “Master Shout” (PM/345). This seems to have been Tolkien’s last word on the subject, but it is possible that the final element could also be interpreted as a suffixal form -gon of caun “prince”; see those entries for discussion.


  • Q. Turucáno “Ruling Lord, *(lit.) Victory Commander” ✧ PE17/117; PM/345; PMI/Turgon
  • Q. Turukondo “Victory Prince” ✧ PE17/113
  • Q. Turondo “Lord of Stone” ✧ PE17/112



tûr“master, [N.] mastery, victory, [ᴱN.] power [over others]; [S.] master”
-gon“lord, prince, lord, prince; [N.] valour”

Phonetic Developments

Turukundā > Turgond-[turukundā] > [turukunda] > [turukonda] > [turukond] > [turugond] > [turgond]✧ PE17/112
Turukāno > Tur(u)gon[turukāno] > [turukǭno] > [turukauno] > [turukaun] > [turugaun] > [turgaun] > [turgon]✧ PE17/113
Turukondō > Turgond[turukondō] > [turukondo] > [turukond] > [turugond] > [turgond]✧ PE17/113


  • Turgond- ✧ PE17/112 (Turgond-)
  • Turugorn ✧ PE17/113 (Turugorn)
  • Tur(u)gon ✧ PE17/113 (Tur(u)gon)
  • Turgond ✧ PE17/113; PE17/113
Sindarin [LotRI/Turgon; MRI/Turgon; PE17/112; PE17/113; PE17/117; PM/345; PM/352; PMI/Turgon; SA/káno; SA/tur; SI/Turgon; UT/400; UTI/Turgon; WJI/Turgon] Group: Eldamo. Published by



Turgon is the Sindarized version of his Quenya father-name, Turukáno. The latter contains the element káno ("commander").

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