Q. Olórin m.

Q. Olórin, m.

Gandalf’s name “in the west”, that is Aman (LotR/670). This name is derived from olor “dream, vision” (UT/396), though its exact meaning is unclear.

Conceptual Development: This name was first written ᴹQ. Olórion in Lord of the Rings drafts, but was quickly changed to its final form ᴹQ. Olórin (WR/153). It may be that Tolkien originally intended the name to mean “*Son of Dreams”.

References ✧ LotR/670; LotRI/Gandalf, Olórin; MRI; PE17/71, 88; PMI; SI; UT/396; UTI


olor “dream, vision” ✧ UT/396

Element In


Phonetic Developments

OLOR > Olórin [olōrin] ✧ PE17/88

ᴹQ. Olórin m.

See Q. Olórin for discussion.

References ✧ WR/153; WRI




olor “dream”