S. Borthand m. “*Steadfast-intelligence”

S. Borthand, m. “*Steadfast-intelligence”

Son of Bór, an Easterling in Beleriand (S/157). The initial element of his name appears to be a combination of (N.) bor(th) “steadfast” and (N.) hand “intelligent” (Ety/BOR, KHAN). As this name was Sindarin, it was probably not his true name.

Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name first appeared as N. Borthandos (LR/134), and in The Etymologies, it was given as a combination of N. borth and N. handos “intelligence”, which is the source of the derivation given above. His name was changed to Borthand in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (WJ/240).

References ✧ SI; WJI


N. bôr “steadfast; trusty man, faithful vassal”
N. ?hand “seat”

N. Borthandos m. “*Steadfast-intelligence”

See S. Borthand for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/BOR, KHAN; LRI; WJI/Borthand



bôr “steadfast; trusty man, faithful vassal”
hannas “understanding, intelligence” ✧ Ety/BOR (handos)
borth “[unglossed]” ✧ Ety/BOR
hann “intelligent” ✧ Ety/KHAN