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This article is about the Quenya word. For the lake in the early legendarium, see Ailin (lake in Valinor).

ailin means "pool, lake"[1] or "large lake"[2] in Quenya.


In the Etymologies, ailin is conceived as deriving from Primitive Quendian ai-lin-, derived from root AY.[1] In a later conception, the word is said to have "originally contained √AYA(R) + lin" (cf. LINI).[2]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 349
  2. 2.0 2.1 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), p. 160