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Dates
Known to exist during the journey of the Company of the Ring (III 3018), but appears to have been much older
Race
Division
Culture
Particularly associated with the Elves of Rivendell, but apparently also used by others of the Eldar
Settlements
Pronunciation
mee'roovorr ('rr' indicates that the final 'r' sound should be pronounced)
Meaning
Uncertain1
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The reviving cordial of the Elves, a liquor with the power to grant renewed vigour and strength. Miruvor was clear and colourless, with a pleasant fragrance. Gandalf carried a flask of it with him to help the Company of the Ring on their southward journey. Both the Dúnedain and the Orcs possessed drinks with similar properties, but miruvor was known to be the most potent of these cordials.


Notes

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According to Tolkien's own comments on the matter, the meaning of the name miruvor was not fully known, with the word having originated from the language of the Valar during the Elder Days. Though not fully interpretable, it was said to derive in part from the element mirub, meaning 'wine'.

However, Tolkien actually seems to have derived the name from two Gothic words, *među and wōþeis, 'sweet mead' adapted into Elvish as miruvóre (following Parma Eldalaberon as quoted in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion). The name is therefore etymologically linked, in a rather circuitous sense, to Meduseld, the 'mead-hall' of the Kings of Rohan in Edoras.

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