Q. Laurelindórenan loc. “(Land of the) Valley of Singing Gold”
The full Quenya name of S. Lórien (UT/253), appearing in the even longer Entish description of that land: Laurelindórenan lindelorendor malinornélion ornemalin (LotR/467). The name is a combination of the elements laurë “gold”, lin(dë) “singing”, -ndor “land” and the suffix -nan “valley” (Let/448, UT/253). This name was crafted by Galadriel, and was an allusion to the Golden Tree of Valinor, Laurelin (UT/253).
Conceptual Development: This name appeared as Laurelindórinan in the first edition of The Lord of the Rings, revised to Laurelindórenan in the second (SD/73). It also appeared in a shorter variant Laurelindórë “Land of Singing Gold” (PE17/80). It seems that when Tolkien first conceived of this name, it was merely an extended, Enticized version of Lórien (PE17/80). The idea that it was the full name coined by Galadriel came later, as Tolkien further developed the etymological history of S. Lórien (UT/253).
References ✧ Let/448; LotR/467; LotRI/Laurelindórenan, Lothlórien; PE17/48, 80; SDI1/Laurelindórenan; UT/253; UTI/Laurelindorinan, Lórien²
|laurë||“gold (light or colour)”||✧ Let/308; PE17/48; UT/253|
|#lindë||“singing, song, musical sound”||✧ Let/308 (lin)|
|-ndor||“land, country”||✧ Let/308; UT/253|
|nan(do)||“(wide) valley, vale”||✧ Let/308 (nan); PE17/80 (nando); UT/253 (nan(d))|
|Laurelin||“Song of Gold, Singing Gold”||✧ PE17/80 (laurelindë); PE17/80|
|√LIN²||“sing, make a musical sound”||✧ UT/253|