The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien
Dates
Occupied by Túrin and his companions between I 487 and I 489; destroyed at the end of the First Age
Location
South of the Forest of Brethil
Race
Originally home to Petty-dwarves
Settlements
The house within the hill was originally known as Bar-en-Nibin-noeg ('House of the Petty-dwarves'), but later renamed Bar-en-Danwedh ('House of Ransom')
Pronunciation
sha'rbhund1
Meaning
Uncertain2
Other names

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 27 March 2020
  • Updates planned: 2

Sharbhund

Mîm’s name for Amon Rûdh

"There is my home! ... Sharbhund, we called it, before the Elves changed all the names."
Words of Mîm
From Narn i Chîn Húrin
In Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

The tall, lonely hill that rose out of the plains south of the Forest of Brethil was known in Elvish as Amon Rûdh, the Bald Hill. To the Petty-dwarves who settled there, and dwelt in the secret halls of Bar-en-Nibin-noeg, it had another, older name. In their own tongue they called the hill Sharbhund.


Notes

1

The consonant represented by bh is unique to this word, and its intended pronunciation is nowhere explained. Following the model of the Tolkien's use of dh, it presumably represents a 'bilabial fricative', a sound rather similar to 'v' or 'f' (depending on whether it is 'voiced' or not). Assuming this speculation is correct, we have no way of knowing whether Tolkien intended the sound to be voiced, so the name Sharbhund could be pronounced (approximately) as either 'Sha'rvund' or 'Sha'rfund'.

2

We have almost no resources to help translate the name Sharbhund, but it may be noted that the Elvish names for features that had earlier Dwarvish names did tend to mirror the meanings of those names (as, notably, for the Mountains of Moria), so we might assume that the name had some connection to the Elvish Amon Rûdh, 'Bald Hill'. We also have a note (in volume VII of The History of Middle-earth) in which Tolkien tentatively translated the Khuzdul element BND as '"head" or something similar'. Neither of these points is remotely conclusive, but taken together they suggest an interpretation of Sharbhund as something like 'bald head'.

See also...

Bald Hill

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 27 March 2020
  • Updates planned: 2

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2005, 2020. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

Website services kindly sponsored by Axiom Discovery aptitude and skill testing.
Personality is one part of understanding a candidate's suitability, but aptitudes and skills are also key.
The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Menu
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry