S. Ancalagon m. “Biting-Storm”

S. Ancalagon, m. “Biting-Storm”

Greatest of the dragons, slain by Eärendil (S/252). His name is translated “Biting-Storm”, possibly a combination of anc “jaw” and a variant of [N.] alagos “storm of wind”.

Conceptual Development: This name first appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/160). The name is translated in The Etymologies from the 1930s (Ety/NAK) but not in later writings. The decomposition above is derived from the entries in The Etymologies (Ety/ÁLAK, ÁNAK, NAK).

References ✧ LotRI; PMI; SA/alqua, anca; SI; WJI


N. anc “jaw, row of teeth”
N. alagos “storm (of wind)”
ALAK “rushing” ✧ SA/alqua

N. Ancalagon m. “Biting-Storm”

See S. Ancalagon for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/ÁLAK, ÁNAK, NAK; EtyAC/ÁNAK; LRI; SMI





anc “jaw, row of teeth” ✧ Ety/ÁLAK; Ety/ÁNAK; Ety/NAK
alagos “storm (of wind)” ✧ Ety/ÁLAK; Ety/ÁNAK (alagon); Ety/NAK (alagon)