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Oct 19 2021, 3:54am

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A stretch perhaps -

In describing his terrible magnificence, Smaug says his wings are “a hurricane.”

Are hurricanes listed among the weather events of Middle-earth? Would anyone who did not live near the sea know what a hurricane is? May they not rather have called such weather something else? The word’s origins are oddly specific, belonging to the history of how language is shaped by travel and culture. According to an article at ThoughtCo.com:

By Rachelle Oblack
Updated October 17, 2019
The word "hurricane" is widely known and recognized, but its etymology is lesser-known.

Named for Mayan God
The English word "hurricane" comes from the Taino (the indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida) word "Huricán," who was the Carib Indian god of evil.

Their Huricán was derived from the Mayan god of wind, storm, and fire, "Huracán." When the Spanish explorers passed through the Caribbean, they picked it up and it turned into "huracán," which remains the Spanish word for hurricane today. By the 16th century, the word was modified once again to our present-day "hurricane."


Again it is oddly specific; though if we traced the etymology of every word in the English language there might be several others that seem out of place, after all.

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