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Remmirath

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Remmirath, or the Netted Stars,[1] was a constellation in the skies over Arda.

History

Though not mentioned specifically, Remmirath's origin is likely the same to that of other constellations: it was created by Varda to signal the Elves to Valinor.[2] In the Third Age, it could be clearly seen in the Eastern sky during the autumn.[1]

Etymology

Remmirath is quite accurately translated with its Westron name the Netted Stars. The word is composed of three elements: rem, "mesh", mir, "jewel", and the collective plural suffix -ath.[3] The constellation has been identified as the modern constellation Pleiades.[4] Two other names were used for Pleiades at early stages of the legendarium: Gnomish Sithaloth or Sithaloctha, which means "fly-cluster",[5] and Qenya Itselokte of similar meaning.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. Jorge Quiñonez, Ned Raggett, "Nólë i Meneldilo - Lore of the Astronomer", in Vinyar Tengwar 12 (July 1990), pages 5-15 esp. 14.
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in The Lord of the Rings" (edited by Christopher Gilson), published in Parma Eldalamberon 17 (July 2007), page 24
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part 1, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales - Part I", page 255
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa, The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon" (edited by Christopher Gilson), published in Parma Eldalamberon 12 (2003), page 43