MooT Question Icon
What fictional placename means "mortal crime" in Old English?

Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.

A picture of a moot game

The critically-acclaimed board game MooT
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
To join our mailing list and get
free brain-twisting MooT questions sent to you irregularly,
enter your email address and then press submit.

E-Mail address:

Back to home page

Answer: Mordor

Tolkien derived the Elvish place name for Sauron's land from the Old English mordor, murder. It means "the dark place" or the "black country" in Elvish.

Copyright 1998-2009 Blair Arts Ltd. All rights reserved.