Golden Book

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The Golden Book (Q.Parma Kuluina) was a book about the history of the Elder Days, kept by the Elves of Tol Eressëa in their city of Kortirion. Pengolodh consulted the Golden Book when compiling the Quenta Silmarillion. Eriol/Ælfwine was allowed to read the Parma Kuluina.[1][2][3]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Parma Kuluina is Quenya for "Golden Book", consisting of parma ("book") + kuluina ("orange; of gold, golden").[4][5]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

The earlier Qenya name of the Golden Book was rendered as Parma Kuluinen,[6] Consisting of Parma ("skin, bark; parchment; book, writings") from the root PARA.[7] It was also known as the Golden Book of Heorrenda[8]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, VI. Quenta Silmarillion", pp. 201, 203-4
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Opening Section]", p. 78
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "VI. The Earliest Annals of Valinor: Commentary on the Annals of Valinor"p. 274
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Entu, Ensi, Enta Declension" (edited by Christopher Gilson), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 36, July 1994, p. 23
  5. Paul Strack, "MQ. Parma Kuluina pn.", Eldamo (accessed 24 May 2024)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "VI. The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales", p. 310
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", entry "Parma Kuluinen"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "VI. The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales", pp. 283-90