Q. Amillë Eruva lissëo “Mother of divine grace”

Q. Amillë Eruva lissëo “Mother of divine grace”

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The fourteenth line of Tolkien’s Quenya translation of the Litany of Loreto prayer (VT44/12). The first word is the noun amil(lë) “mother”. The second word is the adjective Eruva “divine”, the adjectival form of Eru “God”, meaning “of God, Godly” = “divine”. The final word lissëo “of grace” is the genitive form of the noun lissë² “grace”, also seen in Erulissë “God’s grace” appearing in versions I-II of the first line of the Aia María prayer (VT43/26-7).

Decomposition: Broken into its constituent elements, this phrase would be:

Amillë Eru-va lissë-o = “*Mother God-(adjective) grace-of”

Reference ✧ VT44/12 ✧ Amille Eruva lisseo “Mother of divine grace”


amil(lë) “mother” ✧ VT44/18 (Amille)
Eruva “divine” ✧ VT44/18
lissë² “grace” genitive ✧ VT44/18 (lisseo)

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