Ad. Amatthâni loc. “Blessed Realm, (lit.) Land of Manwë”
- Ad. Amatthâni loc. “Blessed Realm, (lit.) Land of Manwë”
The Adûnaic name for the Blessed Realm, home of the Valar (SD/388, SD/420). Its Quenya equivalent would be Aman
, though Tolkien did not coin the Quenya name until a later conceptual stage of his legendarium. The Adûnaic word is derived
from their name for the ruler of the Bless Realm: Amân
(Manwë). Its literal meaning is “Manwë’s Land”.
Conceptual Development: The first Adûnaic name for the Blessed Realm was Zen’namân (SD/385).
References ✧ SD/388, 420, 435; SDI2/Amatthânê
Ad. Zen’namân loc. “Blessed Realm, Land of Amân”
A draft Adûnaic name for the Blessed Realm, later replaced by Amatthâni
(SD/385). Its initial element zen
is a draft name for “land” also seen in the draft name Zen’nabâr
“Land of Gift”. Its final element is Amân
, the Adûnaic name of Manwë, joined to the first element with an elided form of the genitive prefix an-
“of”. Therefore, the literal meaning of the name is “Land of Amân (Manwë)”.
References ✧ SD/385; SDI2/Zen’namân
|| “land (draft)”
|| “of; genitive/adjectival prefix”