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luine (pl. luini) is a Quenya word meaning "blue".[1]

The word occurred mainly in Noldorin Quenya; the Vanyar in their dialect used ulban for blue, adopted and adapted from Valarin.[2]


[edit] Examples

  • Vardo tellumar nu luini "beneath the blue vaults of Varda" (Namárië)

[edit] Cognates

[edit] Other versions

In some linguistic manuscripts, Tolkien experimented with luine being a cognate of Sindarin duin ("river"), but noted that luine as meaning "river" was not used. Patrick H. Wynne has suggested that luine meaning "river" perhaps only survived in compounds as -duinë (cf. Nunduinë).[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 66
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, p. 31