I Vene Kemen
I Vene Kemen is the title of an early drawing by J.R.R. Tolkien. The illustration is a "map" of the world, envisioned in the form of a ship, as conceived in the earliest version of the legendarium, The Book of Lost Tales. Locations and concepts featured in the drawing include:
- Nūme = "West"
- Harmalin, later Arvalin
- i aldas = "The Trees"
- (T?)oros valinoriva, likely referring to the Mountains of Valinor
- Tolli Kimpelear, likely referring to the Twilit Isles
- Tol Eressëa = "The Lonely Isle"
- I Tolli Kuruvar = "The Magic Isles"
- Haloisi Velike = "The Great Sea"
- Ô = "The Sea"
- I Nori Landar, likely meaning "The Great Lands"
- Koivienéni, later Cuiviénen
- Sil = "Moon"
- Ûr = "Sun"
- Luvier = "Clouds"
- Oronto = "East"
- Vaitya, Ilwë and Vilna, layers of air
- Vai or Neni Erùmear = "Outermost Waters"
Christopher Tolkien has suggested that I Vene Kemen is a Qenya name perhaps meaning "The Shape of the Earth" or "The Vessel of the Earth". The element vene is likely related to the root VENE ("shape, cut out, scoop") and its derivative venë ("small boat, vessel, dish"). For the element kemen, the Qenya Lexicon contains the words kemi ("earth, soil") and kemen ("soil"), derived from the root KEME.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "III. The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor": "Notes and Commentary", pp. 83-86
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I, entries "Glorvent", "Kémi"