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Great whale of [[Ulmo]], which he used to drag [[Tol Eressea]] towards [[Valinor]] in the earlier versions of the mythology. Also pulled his [['fishy cart']].
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'''Uin''' was a great [[whales|whale]] in the service of [[Ulmo]], who used to drag [[Tol Eressëa]] towards [[Valinor]] in the earlier versions of the [[legendarium]]. Uin also pulled Ulmo's [[fishy cart]],<ref>{{HM|LT1}}</ref>, and is said to be the "primeval whale".<ref>{{PE|12}}, p. 97</ref> Uin does not appear in any later version of the legendarium,<ref group=note>In [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s ''[[Roverandom]]'' tale dating from [[1925]], a whale also named Uin appears.</ref> and his role seems to have been merged with Ulmo himself.  
 
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==Etymology==
Source: [[History of Middle-earth]]: [[The Book of Lost Tales 1]].
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In the ''Gnomish Lexicon'', the word ''uin'' means "whale". The original meaning of ''uin'' seems to have been "wave". Another [[Gnomish]] word for whale was ''uimoth'', "sheep of the waves" (incorporating ''[[moth]]'').<ref>{{LT1|Appendix}}</ref><ref>{{PE|11}}</ref>
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Uin was a great whale in the service of Ulmo, who used to drag Tol Eressëa towards Valinor in the earlier versions of the legendarium. Uin also pulled Ulmo's fishy cart,[1], and is said to be the "primeval whale".[2] Uin does not appear in any later version of the legendarium,[note 1] and his role seems to have been merged with Ulmo himself.

[edit] Etymology

In the Gnomish Lexicon, the word uin means "whale". The original meaning of uin seems to have been "wave". Another Gnomish word for whale was uimoth, "sheep of the waves" (incorporating moth).[3][4]

Notes

  1. In Tolkien's Roverandom tale dating from 1925, a whale also named Uin appears.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 97
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne)