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Luinil was one of the bright stars placed in the sky by Varda at the time of the awakening of the Elves in Middle-earth. Its identity is uncertain, though the fact that its name contains the Elvish word luin, meaning 'blue', does offer a clue.

The only remote explanation offered by Tolkien was a rough and uncertain note that seems to link Luinil to the planet we call [ Neptune]. As Christopher Tolkien notes, though, this dark and distant object, too faint to be seen by the naked eye, would hardly qualify as a 'bright star'. Another alternative would be blue [ Rigel] in [ Orion], making Luinil the mate of red Borgil. Two other possibilities - based purely on the fact that they are both bright blue stars - would be [ Spica] in [ Virgo] or [ Regulus] in [ Leo].