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nóre (or nōre) is a Quenya word used for "'land' associated with a particular people".[1][2]

Originally it meant "people", but it was blended and confused with the quite distinct root ndor "dry land" (cf. Sindarin dôr)[3] and the suffix forms -nórë, -ndórë or -dórë are also seen shortened to -or.

In the early manuscript the Etymologies, Quenya nóre is glossed as "country, land, race".[4]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Númenor = Númen(n)órë ("people of the West") and Númendor ("land of the West")[3]
  • Valinor = Valinórë (strictly "the people of the Valar") and Valandor ("the land of the Valar")[3]
  • On the other hand, Endórë, Endor = ENED + NDOR[3]

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Author's Notes to Quendi and Eldar", p. 413 (note 25)
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 26
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 378