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I Vene Kemen

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I Vene Kemen is the title of an early drawing by J.R.R. Tolkien. The illustration is a "map" of the world, envisioned in the form of a ship, as conceived in the earliest version of the legendarium, the Lost Tales.[1] Locations and concepts featured in the drawing include:


Christopher Tolkien has suggested that I Vene Kemen is a Qenya name perhaps meaning "The Shape of the Earth" or "The Vessel of the Earth".[1] The element vene is likely related to the root VENE "shape, cut out, scoop" and its derivative venë ("small boat, vessel, dish"). For the element kemen, the Qenya Lexicon contains the words kemi ("earth, soil") and kemen ("soil"), derived from the root KEME.[2]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor": "Notes and Commentary", pp. 83-86
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One, pp. 254, 257 (entries Glorvent amd Kémi)
Maps of Arda made by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit:  Thrór's Map · Map of Wilderland
 TLOTR:  A Part of the Shire · General Map of Middle-earth · Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor · The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age
Other:  Númenórë‎ · A Map of Middle-earth · There and Back Again · Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North
Early maps:  The earliest map‎ · I Vene Kemen · The First 'Silmarillion' Map · Ambarkanta maps · The Second 'Silmarillion' Map · First Map of The Lord of the Rings