J.R.R. Tolkien gave no description of the constellation, nor any counterpart in our modern-day constellations, but Christopher Tolkien suggested that it could be the commonly-known constellation Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia is a plausible candidate for being Wilwarin as its "W"-shape is a reasonable match to that of a butterfly.
Other versions of the legendarium
From other published writings, we know of a few other forms of the word wilwarin. The words wilwarindëa and wilwarindië (older Qenya form was wilwarindeën) are the respective singular and plural forms meaning "like a wilwarin or butterfly". We also know of the Qenya form wilwarindon, "as a butterfly".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies", entry WIL-, pp. 398-9
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "The Later Quenta Silmarillion", pp. 160, 166
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Monsters and the Critics, "A Secret Vice", pp. 213, 216, 220
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Elvish Poetry" in Christopher Gilson (ed.), Parma Eldalamberon, vol. 16, 2006, p. 96