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The Tree of Amalion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Amalion was the name of a tree, which Tolkien regularly draw in illustrations.[1][2] The name does not appear in any of the stories of the legendarium.

[edit] Etymology

Carl F. Hostetter has suggested that the name Amalion derives from "Quenya amalya 'rich, blessed', from amal 'riches, blessing, bliss, good fortune', related to a later form, alam, with the same meaning, and also alam 'elm-tree' as in The Etymologies".[3]

[edit] Other works

Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull have suggested that Amalion is related to the "Tree of Tales" in On Fairy-Stories and Niggle's Tree in Leaf by Niggle. A version of the tree was used as cover art for Tree and Leaf.[1]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, pp. 64-5
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets", in Parma Eldalamberon XVI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, Carl F. Hostetter and Bill Welden), p. 129, n. 1
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, p. 67, n. 74