S. Maglor m. “*Forging Gold”

S. Maglor, m. “*Forging Gold”

Second son of Fëanor (S/60), his name is phonetic conversion of his mother-name Q. Macalaurë “Forging Gold” (PM/353), which in proper Sindarin would have been Magalor (VT41/10).

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, his name was G. Maglor (LT2/241). It remained N. Maglor in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/88, LR/223). In The Etymologies, it was translated “Gold-cleaver”, a combination of the root ᴹ√MAK “cleave” and the suffixal form -lor of glaur “gold” (Ety/MAG). In “The Lay of Leithian Recommenced” from the 1950s, Tolkien revised the name to Maelor (LB/353), a form that also appears as a late change in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (MR/182 note §41), but when Tolkien devised the derivation given above in The Shibboleth of Fëanor from the late 1960s, he reverted back to Maglor.

References ✧ LB/353; LBI/Maelor; MRI; PM/352; PMI; SI; VT41/10; WJI





glaur “gold [light or colour]” suffix ✧ VT41/10



Phonetic Developments

maka-glaur- > magalor- [makaglaur] > [makaɣlaur] > [magaɣlaur] > [magalaur] > [magalor] ✧ VT41/10

N. Maglor m. “Gold-cleaver”

See S. Maglor for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/MAK; LRI; SMI



ᴹ√MAK “sword; fight (with a sword), cleave” ✧ Ety/MAK
glaur “gold” suffix ✧ Ety/MAK (#-lor)


ᴱN. Maglor m.

References ✧ LBI/Maelor, Maglor

G. Maglor m.

Reference ✧ LT2I/Maglor