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Westernesse

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Westernesse was a name in the Common Speech for the Isle of Númenor.

Etymology

The ending -ess (also in Elvenesse) was used in romance literature for fictional lands that had partly francized names (as in Lyonesse in Arthurian legends).[1]

Tolkien noted that the name is Middle English, rare and of vague meaning, taken to mean "Western lands" (in contrast to the East).[2]

Inspiration

In the 13th century chivalric romance King Horn, Westernesse is a kingdom ruled by "King Ailmar" and it is reached by ship by Horn.[1]

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