Letter to Madam Ossendrijver (5 January 1961)

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On 5 January 1961, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Madam Ossendrijver.[1]


"Númenor, shortened form of Númenórë, is my own invention, compounded from nūme-n "going down" (√ndū, nū), sunset, West, and nōre "land, country" = Westernesse"[2]


  1. "J.R.R Tolkien, Rare hand-written letter by Tolkien (eBay item number: 231077543050)", eBay (accessed 21 October 2013)
  2. Carl F. Hostetter, "Holograph MS of Letter 227, correcting published etymology of "Númenor" (#1144)" dated 15 December 2013, Lambengolmor mailing list (accessed 15 December 2013). The archive version is encoded incorrectly, the text is intended to read as written here.