Etymology[edit | edit source]
Possibly it derives from a Common Eldarin ending *-illê. This is supported by several Quenya words which end in -illë with Sindarin cognates in -il; most notably compare the Quenya amille "mother" and the Sindarin emil.
Examples[edit | edit source]
- emil "mother"
- odhril "parent (referring to mother)"
- melethril "lover"
- brennil "lady"
- hiril "lady"
- Thuringwethil "secret-shadow woman"
In at least one case, -il is said to be a diminutive ending; compare how the masculine ending -on can sometimes refer to "great" things.
- Some of the examples refer to Noldorin as well
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003 p.5
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, The Etymologies
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"