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'''Amilessë''', [[Quenya]] for "'''mother-name'''", was the name given to an elf at near birth by his or her mother. It is part of the '''[[essë]]''', or naming, of [[High Elves]], along with the '''[[essi]]''' ("father-name") and '''[[epessë]]''' ("after-name" or honorific). The amilessë is a private name to an elf and is used by family and close friends. The mother-name was often quite significant because elven mothers had insight into the characters and abilities of their children, and many also had the gift of prophetic [[foresight]].<ref name="names">{{PM|Shibboleth}}, ''Note on Mother-names'', p. 339</ref>
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'''Amilessë''', [[Quenya]] for "'''mother-name'''", was the name given to an elf at, or some years after, birth by his or her mother, and it was one of the Elf's true names.<ref name="names">{{PM|Shibboleth}}, ''Note on Mother-names'', p. 339</ref> It is one of the ''[[essë#anessi|anessi]]'', or given names, of [[High Elves]], along with the ''[[father-name]]''<ref>There is no attested Quenya term for this name, but we can conjecture it is ''ataressë''</ref> and ''[[epessë]]'' ("after-name" or honorific).  
  
For example ''Fëanáro'' ("Spirit of Fire") was the amilessë of [[Fëanor]].<ref>{{PM|Shibboleth}}, ''The case of the Quenya change of þ to s'', p. 333</ref> Other names were [[Aracáno]] "high chieftain", [[Atarince]] "Little father", [[Tyelcormo]] "hasty-riser".<ref name="names"/>
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The mother-name is a public name to an Elf and is quite significant because Elven mothers had insight into the characters and abilities of their children, and many also had the gift of prophetic [[foresight]].<ref name="names"/>
  
Also called '''''Essi Apacenyo''''' ("names of foresight").
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The most common type of mother-name is the ''amilessë tercenyë'' ("mother-name of insight"), given to the child as his or her personality began to develop, some years after birth. The ''amilessë apacenyë'' ("mother-name of foresight") was a more rare occurrence, given to the child from a vision of his or her special fate that the mother received in the hour of birth.<ref>{{MR|P3II3a}}, p. 216</ref>
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For example ''Fëanáro'' ("Spirit of Fire") was the amilessë of [[Fëanor]].<ref>{{PM|Shibboleth}}, ''The case of the Quenya change of þ to s'', p. 333</ref> Other examples of amilessi include: [[Aracáno]] ("high chieftain"), [[Curufin|Atarince]] ("little father"), [[Tyelcormo]] ("hasty-riser").<ref name="names"/>
  
 
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Amilessë, Quenya for "mother-name", was the name given to an elf at, or some years after, birth by his or her mother, and it was one of the Elf's true names.[1] It is one of the anessi, or given names, of High Elves, along with the father-name[2] and epessë ("after-name" or honorific).

The mother-name is a public name to an Elf and is quite significant because Elven mothers had insight into the characters and abilities of their children, and many also had the gift of prophetic foresight.[1]

The most common type of mother-name is the amilessë tercenyë ("mother-name of insight"), given to the child as his or her personality began to develop, some years after birth. The amilessë apacenyë ("mother-name of foresight") was a more rare occurrence, given to the child from a vision of his or her special fate that the mother received in the hour of birth.[3]

For example Fëanáro ("Spirit of Fire") was the amilessë of Fëanor.[4] Other examples of amilessi include: Aracáno ("high chieftain"), Atarince ("little father"), Tyelcormo ("hasty-riser").[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Note on Mother-names, p. 339
  2. There is no attested Quenya term for this name, but we can conjecture it is ataressë
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: Laws and Customs among the Eldar, Of Naming", p. 216
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", The case of the Quenya change of þ to s, p. 333