Q. Manwë m. “Blessed Being”
The chief of the Valar, spouse of Varda (S/26). His name is an adaptation of his Valarin name or title: Val. Mānawenūz (WJ/399), with its final element influenced by the suffix -wë common in ancient names (PE17/189-190). Its initial element is related to root √MAN, also adapted from Valarin and seen in names like Aman (PM/357, SA/mān). An approximate translation of his name is “Blessed Being, Ruler or One” (Let/283, PE22/85, WJ/399).
Conceptual Development: The name ᴱQ. Manwe of the Lord of the Valar dates back to the earliest Lost Tales (LT1/52, QL/58). In The Etymologies from the 1930s, the derivation of ᴹQ. Manwe from its Primitive Elvish elements √MAN and -we² was essentially the same as given above (Ety/MAN, WEG). At these earlier stages, however, “Primitive Elvish” was actually Valarin (LR/192), so the idea of a separate adaptation from Valarin came later (WJ/399).
References ✧ Let/283; LotRI; MRI; NM/239; PE17/162, 189-190; PE21/85; PM/357; PMI; SA/mān; SI; UTI; VT49/24; WJ/399, 404; WJI
|Manwëo||genitive||“of Manwë”||✧ NM/239|
|√MAN||“good (morally), blessed, holy, unmarred, free from evil”||✧ PM/357|
|-wë||“ancient name suffix (usually but not always masculine)”||✧ PE17/189 (-we); PE17/189 (-nwe); PE17/190 (wĕ)|
|√MAN > Manwe||[manwe]||✧ PE17/162|
|√mān- > Manwë||[manwe]||✧ SA/mān|
|Val. Mānawenūz > Mánwen > Manwe||[mānawen] > [mānwen] > [manwen]||✧ WJ/399|
ᴹQ. Manwe m.
References ✧ Ety/LEP, MAN, WEG; EtyAC/MAN; LR/56; LRI/Manwë; PE22/22, 50, 125; SDI2/Amân, Manwë; SMI/Manwë; TII/Manwë
|Taniqetildesse||locative||“on Taniqetil”||✧ PE22/125|
|ᴹ√MAN||“holy spirit”||✧ Ety/MAN|
|-we²||“abstract suffix”||✧ Ety/WEG|
|ᴹ√WEG||“(manly) vigour”||✧ Ety/MAN|
|ᴹ✶Manwege > Manwe||[manwege] > [manweɣe] > [manwē] > [manwe]||✧ EtyAC/MAN|
ᴱQ. Manwe m.
References ✧ GL/18; LBI/Manwë; LT1A/Mánir, Manwë; LT1I/Manwë; LT2I/Manwë; PE13/104; PE14/12; PE15/26; QL/58