S. Dimbar loc. “*Sad Home”

S. Dimbar, loc. “*Sad Home”

An empty land south of Gondolin (S/121), apparently meaning “*Sad Home”, a combination of dem “sad(ness)” (stem form dimb-) and bâr “home” (SA/bar).

Conceptual Development: The name Dimbar first appeared Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/261), and was given in The Etymologies as an Ilkorin name with the derivation described above (Ety/DEM), though the exact language of word dem is unclear; see that entry for further discussion.

Tolkien continued to used Dimbar in his Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (WJ/57), so he may have intended this Ilkorin name to become Sindarin, though it is also possible he would have eventually would have revised the name to something else.

References ✧ LT2I; SA/bar; SI; SMI; UTI; WJI



ᴺS. dem “sad, gloomy”
bâr “house, dwelling, home” ✧ SA/bar (bar)

Ilk. Dimbar loc. “*Sad Home”

See S. Dimbar for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/DEM; LRI; RSI


dem “sad, gloomy” ✧ Ety/DEM (dimb)
*bar “home”