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.
láma "sound" and tyáve "taste"
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" Throughout his work, he emphasizes on how the Elven languages are heard as beautiful by the characters; he intended them to be particularly "pleasant".
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- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring pp.215, 471
- ↑ Tolkien's Not-So-Secret-Vice
- ↑ English and Welsh
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 144, (dated 25 April 1954)