Carl F. Hostetter has suggested that the name Amalion derives from Quenya amalya ("rich, blessed"), from amal ("riches, blessing, bliss, good fortune"), related to a later form, alam, with the same meaning, and also alam ("elm-tree") as in The Etymologies.
Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull have suggested that Amalion is related to the "Tree of Tales" in On Fairy-Stories and Niggle's Tree in Leaf by Niggle. A version of the tree was used as cover art for Tree and Leaf.
- Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, pp. 64-5
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets", in Parma Eldalamberon XVI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, Carl F. Hostetter and Bill Welden), p. 129, n. 1
- Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, p. 67, n. 74