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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) 'downs', formed from the word penn
(a slope or ridge), pluralised as pinn
and emphasised with -ath
('many'). Seen only in Pinnath Gelin
, the 'Green Hills
' (literally, 'host of green downs') of the Anfalas
in western Gondor