S. Narchost loc. “Bitter-biting Fort”

S. Narchost, loc. “Bitter-biting Fort”

One of the Towers of the Teeth along with its companion Carchost (LotR/900), translated “Bitter-biting Fort” in Tolkien’s “Unfinished Index” of The Lord of the Rings (RC/601). This name is a combination of narch “fang” and ost “fort(ress)”.

Conceptual Development: When it was first named specifically in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this fort was already called N. Narchost (SD/23). The earlier name N. Nargos may have been a precursor to this name (TI/344), although that name referred to a fort near Cirith Ungol rather than the Gates of Mordor.

References ✧ LotRI/Narchost, Towers of the Teeth; RC/601




narch “bitter-biting” ✧ RC/601
ost “fort, fortress, stronghold, citadel; fortified town; enclosure” ✧ RC/601

N. Narchost loc. “*Bitter-biting Fort”

See S. Narchost for discussion.

References ✧ SD/23; SDI1/Narchost


narch “*bitter-biting”
ost “city, town (with wall round)”

N. Nargos loc.

Name of a tower near Cirith Ungol in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, along with its companion Gorgos (TI/344). The meaning of this name is unclear, but it might be a precursor to later Narchost, one of the towers at the entrance to the Gates of Mordor in the published version of The Lord of the Rings.

See S. Narchost for further discussion.

References ✧ SDI1/Narchost, Nargos; TI/344; TII