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Sep 11, 2:33pm

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It's been a while since I last read The Silmarillion, so I don't recall what any Dwarves were named.

A potential solution has occurred to me. The names "Durin" and "Narvi" are not necessarily the forms of the names they actually used during the Second Age, but rather the forms the names had at the time they were written down sometime in the latter Third Age or early Fourth Age, which is why they are identical to the forms the Dwarves were then using. The forms used in the Second Age would presumably have been in whatever language the people of Rhovanion were then using. Given that he'd already used Gothic for the Third Age, perhaps Tolkien would have used proto-Indo-European to represent the language of the Northmen in the Second Age.

"Durin" and "Narvi" were written right there on the Gate by Celebrimbor in the Second Age. Tolkien even gives us the Tengwar/Sindarin "original," so it isn't just Gandalf's translation.

The reality of course is quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus. "Moria" inscribed on the gate, thousands of years before the Balrog? Facsimiles of Balin's tomb and the book of Mazarbul with Angerthas and Tengwar used for English?

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