S. Anfauglith loc. “Gasping Dust”

S. Anfauglith, loc. “Gasping Dust”

The name of the plain of Ard-galen after it was devastated by the fires of Morgoth, translated “Gasping Dust” (S/150). The name includes of faug “thirsty” and lith “dust” (SA/faug, lith). Its initial element may be an intensive prefix, the equivalent of Q. an-, with “gasping” an intensive form of “thirsty”.

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Silmarillion drafts, the site of the Battle of Unnumbered Tears was named ᴱN. Niniach (SM/4), but later in the 1930s Tolkien revised the name to N. Fauglith (LR/289). In The Etymologies, this name was translated as “Thirsty Sand” but otherwise had essentially the same derivation as given above, missing only the intensive prefix (Ety/LIT, PHAU).

References ✧ LBI; LR/301; LRI; LT1I; LT2I; S/150; SA/faug, lith; SI; UTI; WJ/52; WJI/Anfauglith, Dor-na-Fauglith




#an- “intensive prefix” ✧ SA/faug (#an-)
faug “gape” ✧ SA/faug
lith “ash” ✧ SA/lith

N. Fauglith loc. “Thirsty Sand”

See S. Anfauglith for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/LIT, PHAU; LR/289, 301




faug “thirsty” ✧ Ety/PHAU
lith “sand” ✧ Ety/LIT
ᴹ√PHAW “gape” ✧ Ety/LIT (PHAU)
ᴹ√LIT “*(fine) grit” ✧ Ety/PHAU

Element In

ᴱN. Fauglith loc. “Thirst”

Reference ✧ LB/275 ✧ “Thirst”

Element In

ᴱN. Niniach loc.

First name of the location of the Battle of Unnumbered Tears @@@

Reference ✧ SMI/Niniach