- From Old English māþum ("treasure, object of value, jewel, ornament, gift"), from Proto-Germanic *maiþmaz (“present, gift”), from Proto-Indo-European *moyt-, *meyt- (“to exchange”), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“to exchange, swap”). Cognate with Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌸𐌼𐍃 (maithms, "gift, present"), Latin mūtō ("change, exchange, barter"). The word survived into Middle English as mathem, madme ("treasure"), but became obsolete thereafter. It was revived by J. R. R. Tolkien in Lord of the Rings. (Wiktionary)
“And Hobbit names and special words are intended to be pronounced accordingly: for example, Bolger has g as in bulge, and mathom rhymes with fathom.”
“Most notable were the names of days, months, and seasons; several other words of the same sort (such as mathom and smial) were also still in common use, while more were preserved in the place-names of Bree and the Shire.”
“The Peabody Essex Museum is fabulous -- the mathom-house of all the cool stuff however obtained that came home on Yankee sailing ships.”
“I believe the correct word for "stupid little thingy gift that no one really wants" is mathom.”
“Perhaps, even, I do not want a little snowman mathom.”
“Well, no, perhaps I do not need a little snowman mathom.”
“One thing I especially love about hobbit birthdays is the ‘mathom’ tradition.”
“A mathom is something handed down, passed around and given away.”
“This goes double for major research libraries, which are textual mathom-houses.”
“He also wrote a short treatise on Old Words and Names in the Shire, having special interest in discovering the kinship with the language of the Rohirrim of such 'shire-words' as mathom and old elements in place names.”
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