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S. aeglos n. “icicle, (lit.) snow-point; snowthorn (a plant)” (Category: Ice, Frost)

S. aeglos, n. “icicle, (lit.) snow-point; snowthorn (a plant)” (Category: Ice, Frost)

A species of plant mentioned in one version of the Narn i Chîn Húrin (UT/99), translated “snowthorn” and described as “like furze (gorse), but larger, and with white flowers” (UT/148 note #14). Aeglos was also the name of the spear of Gil-galad, translated as “Icicle” in The Lord of the Rings index (LotRI/Aeglos); it is possible this word can be used for ordinary icicles as well. In the Silmarillion index, it was translated more literally as “Snow-point” (SA/Aeglos), a combination of aeg “sharp” and loss “snow”.

Conceptual Development: G. helfingl or helfin(n) was the word for “icicle” in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/48), probably a combination of ᴱ√HELE “freeze” with G. fingl “tress”.

References ✧ LotRI/Aeglos; UT/99, 148; UTI



#aeg “sharp”
loss “snow”

G. helfingl n. “icicle” (Category: Ice, Frost)

See S. aeglos for discussion.

References ✧ GL/48





hel- “to freeze” ✧ GL/48
fingl “tress” ✧ GL/48 (#fingl)