Tol Withernon

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Tol Withernon[1] might have been an island off the east coast of Tol Eressëa, according to the early version of the legendarium associated with The Book of Lost Tales.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The name Tol Withernon is in Gnomish. The first element of the name is tol ("island"); however, the second part, Withernon, is unclear.[3]

Inspiration[edit]

Tol Withernon might have been inspired by the town of Withernsea in Yorkshire, where, not far from it, Tolkien was stationed during World War I.[4] While the town of Withernsea isn't located on an island presently, a local tradition claims that at some point in history it actually was an island.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, "Part three: Tol Withernon and Fladweth Amrod", p. 236
  3. Paul Strack, "G. Tol Withernon (ar lim gardhin arthi)", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 22 April 2022)
  4. John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, "Part three: Tol Withernon and Fladweth Amrod", p. 234