The name among the Dwarves for the Vala Aulë, who made the Fathers of their race in ancient times, and was revered by all Dwarves.
As the name given to Aulë by the Dwarves, Mahal presumably comes from the secret Khuzdul tongue, so the lack of an explanation is understandable. From the context of its introduction, it possibly means 'the Maker', but while it would certainly make sense for the Dwarves to call their creator 'the Maker', it'a far from clear whether this is the intended meaning of the name.
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