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Elvenesse

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Elvenesse was a term whose meaning is not clearly defined, but which seems to refer to all the lands of the Elves, both west and east of the Great Sea.

Etymology

The ending -ess (also in Westernesse) was used in romance literature for fictional lands that had partly francized names (as in Lyonesse in Arthurian legends).[1]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 778-9