Lexicon of Names
Common name elements in Tolkien's works
This lexicon lists some of the more common elements found in the names of places and people in Tolkien's work. These are mainly derived from Elvish tongues, but some common forms from other languages, such as Old English or Adûnaic, are also included, as well as a few less recognisable words that are still found in modern English. There are very large number of these name elements, and this page is being expanded to include more over time.
Where possible, the particular Elvish source language for an element is shown, but sometimes this is not possible (for example, where a common root word occurs in more than one language). In cases like this, terms are simply labelled 'Elvish root'.
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(Italian) 'large' (also used as a musical term for 'slow' or 'broad'); it is unclear whether this is intended in any sense as the meaning of the Hobbit-name Largo
was an ancestor of Frodo
), but it would be a suitable punning use for a Hobbit of the Shire
) 'empty', seen in Beren's
, 'Empty-handed'. This form derives from the same root as loth
, 'empty', in the name of the wide and empty plain of Lothlann
) an element derived from lhoth
, 'empty', seen uniquely in the name Lothlann
, the 'wide and empty' plain to the north of the March of Maedhros
. Not to be confused with the more common name element loth
, 'flower, blossom', which is unrelated to this term.