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Luvailin

Luvailin or Shadowmere was a mere in Eldamar under the shadow of Oiolossë.[1] The name Luvailin only appears in the Unfinished index, and Shadowmere is mentioned in Bilbo's song of Eärendil in Rivendell:

...where [i.e. in Elvenhome] pale as glass
beneath the Hill of Ilmarin
a-glimmer in a valley sheer
the lamplit towers of Tirion
are mirrored on the Shadowmere.
[2]

The exact location of Luvailin remains unknown. It has been suggested that "it must have lain in or near to" the valley of Calacirya, since the mere reflected the lights of the city of Tirion.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The name Shadowmere is said to be a "translation" of Luvailin.[1] Though Tolkien did not provide an explanation of the latter, fans have speculated that Luvailin seems to contain the elements luv- *"shadow-" (seemingly from √LUM, LUB "shadow, darkness",[4]) and ailin "pool, lake"[5],[note 1] and that it is unclear if the name is supposed to be Quenya or Sindarin.[6]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In an early version of Galadriel's Song of Eldamar, appears the lines:

And by the strand of Tirion there grew a golden Tree.
Beneath the stars of Ever eve in Eldamar it shone,
In Eldamar beside the walls of Elven Tirion.
But far away and far away beyond the Shadow-meres

A different version of the second line above was: Beneath the Hill of Ilmarin lies Aelinuial.[note 2][7]

Notes

  1. See also the root √LĬNĬ "pool, mere, lake" (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. 77).
  2. The name Aelin-uial appears in The Silmarillion as a name for the Meres of Twilight in Beleriand.

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 217
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  3. Mark Fisher, "Shadowmere" dated 8 November 2008, Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 22 November 2013)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 161, 168
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" s.v. AY-, p. 349
  6. "Shadowmere, a "translation" of Luvailin" , The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza: Forum (accessed 18 November 2013)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Farewell to Lórien", pp. 284, 292 (note 35)