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The Khazad: Custodians of Hidden Hoards by Arden R. Smith (Vinyar Tengwar #18, p.26)
The English word hoard (OE hord OHG hart, ON hori, Goth huzd) comes from Gmc. *huzdam (Watkins 60),*huzdo- (de Vries 246, Drosdowski/Grebe 273) or *huzdo- (Skeat 242) with the original meaning 'thing hidden away'. Is it merely coincidental that the Khuzdul root KhZD referring to the secretive and avaricious Dwarves, seen in Khazad-dum, Khazad (early version Khuzud, LR, 274, 278), and Khuzdul, should be so similar in form?
The Germanic word supposedly comes from an Indo-European suffixed form meaning 'a thing hidden', *kudh-to> *kud-dho- *kud`-dho-(Prokosch 84); * kudh-to- (Watkins 60); kudh-dho- (Buck 778, Skeat 242); or * kus-dho- (Buck 778, Watkins 60), whence also Gk. reaBor. 'concealed place, female organ' and Lat. curios 'guardian', lit. 'hider'. Like the verb hide, it derives ultimately from an Indo-European root meaning `to cover', *(s)keu- (Buck 778, de Vries 246, Drosdowski/Grebe 273, Watkins 60) or KEUDH (Skeat 242).
Accepting the derivation of hoard and its Germanic cognates from this Indo-European root as fact (though this etymology could theoretically be inaccurate), the derivation of the Germanic words from Khuzdul would have to be by way of Indo-European. This is, however, considerably more problematic phonetically than a loan from Khuzdul directly into Germanic. Perhaps a merging of the Dwarvish and Indo-European roots can be assumed. Whether or not Tolkien intended a linguistic relationship between Khuzud/Khuzdul and huzd, it seems likely that this was his inspiration for the KhZD root.
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