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lumbulë (or lumbule) is a Quenya word meaning "(heavy) shadow; dark shadow".[1][2][3]

[edit] Etymology

The word seems to be an extended/augmentative form of the word lumbe "gloom" (cf. tumba and tumbale), from root LUM.[4]

[edit] Examples

"ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë; ('and all paths are drowned deep in shadow;')"

[edit] Other versions

In the Qenya Lexicon appears the Qenya word lumbo ("dark lowering cloud").[5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien" (form: lumbulë)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann, The Road Goes Ever On, "Namárië" (HarperCollins 2002; pp. 23, 67; form: lumbule)
  3. 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. 72 (form: lumbule)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 370
  5. 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)