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Alalminórë

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Alalminórë was a region in the centre of the island of Tol Eressëa, being its fairest realm. The city of Kortirion was situated in there.[1]

[edit] Etymology

In Qenya, Alalminórë is glossed as "Land of Elms",[2] which the Gnomes also call Gar Lossion, or the "Place of Flowers".[1]

Tolkien adapted the name to later Quenya as Alalvinórë ("Land of Many Elms"),[3] but this name was never used in narrative, so it is unknown which use would have in the mature version of the Legendarium.

[edit] Inspiration

Christopher Tolkien identifies the Land of Elms as Warwickshire.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "I. The Cottage of Lost Play", p. 16
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings", in Parma Eldalamberon XV (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 5
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 153
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "I. The Cottage of Lost Play": "Notes and Commentary"