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seregon

Type: Plants

Meaning: blood of stone

Description:

A red-flowered creeping plant found in abundance on the rocky heights of Amon Rûdh:
Red Stonecrop (Sedum spurium 'Schorbuser Blut').
"Dragon's Blood" stonecrop, Sedum spurium 'Schorbuser Blut':  the plant covering the top of Amon Rûdh, seregon, was similar to this.
Seregon, "blood of stone", was a plant of the kind called in English "stonecrop"; it had flowers of a deep red.

Unfinished Tales, Part 1, Ch 2, Narn I Hîn Húrin: Notes, Note 14

About the lower slopes of Amon Rûdh there grew thickets of aeglos; but its steep grey head was bare, save for the red seregon that mantled the stone.

As the afternoon was waning the outlaws drew near to the roots of the hill. They came now from the north..., and the light of the westering sun fell upon the crown of Amon Rûdh, and the seregon was all in flower.

"See! There is blood on the hill-top," said Andróg.

"Not yet," said Túrin.

Unfinished Tales, Part 1, Ch 2, Narn I Hîn Húrin: Of Mîm the Dwarf

[The] Orcs came... by night at unawares.... There many of Túrin's company were slain as they slept; but some fleeing by an inner stair came out upon the hill-top, and there they fought until they fell, and their blood flowed out upon the seregon that mantled the stone.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 21, Of Túrin Turambar


Etymology
sereg  'blood' (Quenya serke) in seregon.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

gond  'stone' in Gondolin, Gondor, Gonnhirrim, Argonath, seregon.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors:
Tanaqui 13Nov04
Elena Tiriel 14Mar10

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