Q. Mahtan m. “?Forger Smith”

Q. Mahtan, m. “?Forger Smith”

Father of Nerdanel, said to be a great smith (S/64). The meaning of his name is unclear. Its initial element may be the root √MAK “forge metal” (@@@ phonology). Its final element is most likely the suffixal form -tan of tamo “smith”.

Conceptual Development: In notes from around 1959, Tolkien instead used the name Sarmo for the father of Nerdanel, but Christopher Tolkien retained Mahtan in the published version of The Silmarillion (PM/366).

References ✧ MRI; PMI; S/64; SI

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Elements

MAK “cut, hew with a sharp edge; kill, slay; forge metal”
tamo “smith, builder”

Q. Sarmo m.

A revised name for the father of Nerdanel in notes from 1959, earlier named Mahtan which is the form Christopher Tolkien used in The Silmarillion (PM/366). The meaning of this name are unclear, but it might be related to the root √SAR.

References ✧ PM/366; PMI

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Q. Urundil m. “Copper-lover”

An early sobriquet of the father of Nerdanel, more widely known than his given name Sarmo (PM/366). This name is a compound of the root √URUN “copper” and the suffix -(n)dil “-friend, -lover”. In later writings, Tolkien changed his given name from Sarmo to Mahtan, so perhaps this sobriquet no longer applied.

References ✧ PM/366; PMI

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Elements

URUN “copper” ✧ PM/366
-(n)dil “-friend, -lover; devotion, disinterested love” ✧ PM/366 (-ndil)