saura is a Quenya word. There are least two different accounts of its meaning:
- "foul, evil-smelling, putrid" (from root THUS); "foul, vile" (from root SAWA).
- "cruel" (from root THAW-).
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 393 (entry THUS-)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 183-4