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Meneldor

Meaning: heavens-lover?

Location(s): Misty Mountains

Race/Species: Beasts & Monsters

Dates: late Third Age

Description:

There came Gwaihir the Windlord, and Landroval his brother, greatest of all the Eagles of the North.... Behind them in long swift lines came all their vassals from the northern mountains, speeding on a gathering wind.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 4, The Field of Cormallen

'The North Wind blows, but we shall outfly it,' said Gwaihir. And he lifted up Gandalf and sped away south, and with him went Landroval, and Meneldor young and swift. And they passed over Udûn and Gorgoroth and saw all the land in ruin and tumult beneath them, and before them Mount Doom blazing, pouring out its fire. ...

And so it was that Gwaihir saw [Frodo and Sam] with his keen far-seeing eyes, as down the wild wind he came, and daring the great peril of the skies he circled in the air.... And even as he espied them and came swooping down, he saw them fall....

Side by side they lay; and down swept Gwaihir, and down came Landroval and Meneldor the swift; and ... the wanderers were lifted up and borne far away out of the darkness and the fire.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 4, The Field of Cormallen


Etymology
menel 'the heavens' in Meneldil, Menelmacar, Meneltarma.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

-(n)dil is a very frequent ending of personal names...; it implies 'devotion', 'disinterested love'....

-(n)dur in names such as Eärendur (shortened Eärnur) is similar in meaning to -(n)dil.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 31Jul06

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