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annûn is the Sindarin word for "sunset", and thus used as "West".[1]

[edit] Etymology

Annûn has a peculiar spelling because it is spelled with a circumflex, which Tolkien used in monosyllables of Sindarin. An explanation is that annûn was only a variant of dûn.

The evolution was parallel of that of dûn, only that it came from OS *andûne. The PQ ndûnê (root NDÛ) evolved a "syllabic nasal" *ṇdûnê which further evolved in the full vowel *a-[2].

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[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", andúnë
  2. David Salo's message at Elfling mailing list