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Lámatyávë (pl. lámatyáver) is a noun in Quenya which refers to phonaesthesia of the Elves. It means "sound-taste" and refers to individual pleasure in the sounds and forms of words.

Lámatyávë was practiced when Elves named their children.[1]


[edit] Etymology

láma "sound" and tyáve "taste"

[edit] Inspiration

Sound-taste was an important factor in Tolkien's created names and languages and by extension, his legendarium. His first contact with Welsh "pierced his linguistic heart"[2][3] Throughout his work, he emphasizes on how the Elven languages are heard as beautiful by the characters; he intended them to be particularly "pleasant"[4].

[edit] See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring pp.215, 471
  2. Tolkien's Not-So-Secret-Vice
  3. English and Welsh
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 144, (dated 25 April 1954)