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Q. #lónë n. “*isle” (Category: Isle, Island)

Q. #lónë, n. “isle, [ᴹQ.] island, remote land difficult to reach” (Category: Isle, Island)

An element in the name Q. Avallónë “Outer Isle”, thus likely “[remote] ilse”.

Conceptual Development: A similar form ᴹQ. lóna “island, remote land difficult to reach” appeared in The Etymologies of the 1930s as the only derivative of the root ᴹ√LONO (Ety/LONO). This root was connected to the ablative element ᴹ√ “*from” (EtyAC/LŌ, LONO), so “remote land” is likely the original meaning. This word lóna was an element of the name ᴹQ. Avalóna “Outer Isle”, which ultimately became Q. Avallónë (S/260), a name that Tolkien said was “signifying the isle that lies nighest unto the Valar in Valinor” (MR/175 footnote). Thus lónë appears to be an updated version of ᴹQ. lóna, probably of similar meaning.

Reference ✧ S/260

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ᴹQ. lóna¹ n. “island, remote land difficult to reach” (Category: Isle, Island)

See Q. #lónë for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/AWA, LONO


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Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√LONO > lóna [lōna] ✧ Ety/AWA
ᴹ√LONO > lóna [lōna] ✧ Ety/LONO