S. Anórien loc. “Sunlending, *(lit.) Sun-lands”
The region of Gondor between Minas Tirith and Rohan (LotR/750), translated “Sunlending” (RC/776). Its initial element is clearly Anor “Sun”, and its final element is the plural -ien of the suffix -ian(d) “land”, common in place names. Thus, the literal meaning of the name is “*Sun-lands”.
Conceptual Development: On the draft maps for the Lord of the Rings from the 1940s, this name first appeared as (Quenya?) Anarion (TI/310) and once (rejected) in the draft texts as Anárion (TI/282), but this was changed to N. Anórien on both the maps (TI/318) and later drafts (WR/141).
References ✧ LotR/1115; LotRI/Anórien, Sunlending; MRI; PE17/42; PMI; RC/776; SA/nár; UTI; WJI
|-ian(d)||“-land, country”||plural||✧ PE17/42 (ien); PE17/42 (ien)|