Q. Valinórë loc. “Land of the Valar”

Q. Valinórë, loc. “Land of the Valar”

Land of the Valar within Aman (S/37), a compound of Vali, an archaic plural of Vala, and nórë “land” (SA/val, dôr). It usually appeared in the shorter form Valinor. In older Quenya, this name would have meant “Valian folk”, but it was blended with archaic Valandor to get its current meaning (PE17/20, SA/dôr).

Conceptual Development: The name ᴱQ. Valinor appears in the earliest Lost Tales with essentially the same form and meaning (LT1/70), and its long form Valinōre appeared in the Qenya Lexicon (QL/66). The name ᴹQ. Valinor appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/12, 80; LR/110, 205), and in The Etymologies it already had the same derivation as given above (Ety/BAL, NDOR).

In the earlier stages, the name Aman had not yet been invented, so Valinor referred to the entire land of the West, not just the land of the Valar within it.

See ✶Bali(a)nōrē for a discussion of its complex etymology.

References ✧ Let/198; LotRI/Valinor; MR/200; MRI/Valinor; PE17/20, 26, 74, 106; PMI/Valinor; RC/217; S/102; SA/dôr, val; SI/Valinor; UTI/Valinor; WJ/413; WJI/Valinor

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Inflections

Valinóreo genitive   ✧ MR/200
Valinóreva possessive “of Valinor” ✧ S/102

Elements

Vala “(Angelic) Power, ‘God’, Authority” ✧ Let/198 (Valar); PE17/74 (†Vali); SA/val (val-)
nórë “land, country; †people, race, tribe” ✧ PE17/106 (nōre); SA/dôr; WJ/413

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Derivations

Phonetic Developments

Bali(a)nōrē > Valinórë [balinōrē] > [βalinōrē] > [βalinōre] > [valinōre] ✧ PE17/26
Valinōrē > Valinóre [balinōrē] > [βalinōrē] > [βalinōre] > [valinōre] ✧ WJ/413

ᴹQ. Valinor loc. “Land of the Valar”

See Q. Valinórë for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/BAL, NDOR; LR/25, 202; LRI; MR/200; PE18/24, 56; PE19/59; PE21/32-33, 36; PE22/47, 124-125; RSI; SDI1/Valinor; SDI2/Valinor; SMI; TII; WRI

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Inflections

[Vali]norullo ablative   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nórulo ablative   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nóra accusative   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]norta allative; assimilated   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nórata allative   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nŏrunta allative   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nóren dative   ✧ PE21/36
Valinóren genitive   ✧ LR/202; MR/200
[Vali]nóro genitive   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nóranen instrumental   ✧ PE21/36
Valinoresse locative “in Valinor” ✧ PE22/125
[Vali]norse locative; assimilated   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nŏresse locative   ✧ PE21/36
Valinor nominative   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nórunt nominative dual   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nórin nominative plural   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nórulin nominative plural   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nóruva possessive   ✧ PE21/36
Valinordon similative   ✧ PE21/36
[Vali]nóranon similative   ✧ PE21/36

Elements

Vala “Power, God” ✧ Ety/BAL (†Vali)
nóre “land, country, region where certain people live; clan, race, folk, kindred” ✧ Ety/NDOR

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Derivations

Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶balī́-ndō̆re > Valinor [balīndōre] > [βalīndōr] > [βalīndōr] > [βalindōr] > [βalindor] > [valindor] ? [valinor] ✧ Ety/BAL
ᴹ✶Balī-nṓrē̆ > Bali-nṓr(e) > Valinor [balīnōre] > [βalīnōr] > [βalīnōr] > [βalinōr] > [βalinor] > [valinor] ✧ PE18/56
ᴹ✶Bắlī + ndṓrḗ > Bálīndṑrē > Bálĭndṑrĕ > Balindor > Valinor [balīndōre] > [βalīndōr] > [βalīndōr] > [βalindōr] > [βalindor] > [valindor] ? [valinor] ✧ PE19/59

ᴱQ. Valinor loc. “Land of the Gods”

See Q. Valinórë for discussion.

References ✧ GL/21, 30, 44; LBI; LT1/85; LT1A/Valar, Valinor; LT1I; LT2/316; LT2A/Valar; LT2I; PE13/103; PE14/45, 75; PE15/8, 21, 72-73; PME/39, 99; QL/66, 99

Glosses

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Inflections

valinoriva adjectival ✧ LT1/85; PME/39

Elements

Vala “God” plural ✧ PE15/72 (Vali); QL/99 (Vali)
nóre “(native) land, nation, family, country” ✧ LT1A/Valinor (-nor); LT1A/Valinor; PE14/45; PE14/75; QL/66 (-nor)

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