Shamukh to everyone !
Being a great fan of the dwarven builds in Southern Ered Luin, I’m a bit sick at heart to see them just called “mine1”, mine2", etc. I know it’s just temporary, but you know… they deserve better, and now!
So I decided to make this post, so we can discuss about names to give them.
First of all : Khuzdul (the secret language of the Dwarves)… There is not many things to say, coz’ Tolkien left it pretty limited.
But thanks to extraordinary linguists and amateurs, we have a lot of cool stuff that helps us understand what Khuzdul would look like if Tolkien had the time to finnish it. Like for Sindarin, it is known as Neo-Khuzdul.
I don’t know what you think of it (I would be glad to know), but as far as I worked over with it, I think it is really high-quality and close to Tolkien’s vision. So I use it for my propositions. I use this site in particular, made by some cool guy that called The Dwarrow Scholar : http://www.dwarrowscholar.com/home.html
It’s by far the most extanded and respectful version of Khuzdul that I have seen. It is mainly based on David Salo’s work for LoTRO.
Also, because I’m not a specialist of Neo-Khuzdul, I could make mistakes or not use the best terms, etc. So - unless there is a real Dwarf among us (or someone better qualified) - I propose to send to this guy our final names propositions, so he can give us feedback, and corrections.
So, my propositions
They will not be assigned to a mine in particular. Just some cool names I found that could fit to current settlements.
Thafar-Damith : “Grey-Hall”
Damith is an alternative to dum (hall, mansion). It means “newer hall”.
Khalath-Giri : “Blue-Shelter”
In fact khalath means “sky-blue”. You can use khagal instead, but I think it sounds better, and it’s a bit more poetic (who said that Dwarves cannot make poetry?!!)
Bizar-Filatîn : “Valley of Refuges”
This one could be a good name for mine1, coz’ it’s a pretty nice looking valley with a pretty big mine atop of it.
Hurdûslukh : “Agony of the Dragon”
It is made with hurdu (agony) and uslukh (dragon). An allusion of Smaug, obviously.
Arganzulum : “Pride of the West”
We can give this name to a very important settlement. From argân (pride) and zulum (western).
I dont have more proposition for now.
Feel free to leave comments, critics and propositions!