S. Nen Echui loc. “Water of Awakening”
Lake by which the Elves first awoke, a combination of nen “water” and echui “awakening”, corresponding to its more commonly used Quenya name Q. Cuiviénen (SA/cuivië).
Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon from the 1910s, this lake was first named G. Nenin a Gwivros (GL/29), but appeared as ᴱN. Cuinlimfin in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s (LB/23). In notes associated with the Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, it became N. Nen Echui (LR/406), a name that also appeared in The Etymologies (Ety/KUY). In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, Tolkien considered using Nenechui or Echuinen as an Elvish name of Mirrormere (TI/184), but later gave that lake the Sindarin name Nen Cenedril (RS/466).
Reference ✧ SA/cuivië
|nen||“water; lake, pool; (lesser) river”|
N. Nen Echui loc. “Water of Awakening”
References ✧ Ety/KUY; LR/406; LRI/Nen-Echui; TI/184; TII/Nen Echui
ᴱN. Cuinlimfin loc.
Reference ✧ LB/23
G. Nenin a Gwivros loc. “Waters of Awakening”
References ✧ GL/29; LT1A/Koivië-néni
|cwivros||“awakening”||✧ GL/29; LT1A/Koivië-néni (cuivros)|