Q. Atalantë pn. “Downfall(en)”

Q. Atalantë, pn. “Downfall(en)”

A Quenya name of Númenor after its fall into the sea (S/281), it is simply the noun atalantë “collapse, downfall” used as a name (MC/223).

Conceptual Development: The name ᴹQ. Atalante appeared in the earliest tales of the fall of Númenor (LR/11, 25), usually in this form though at least once appearing as Atalantie (Let/347). Its resemblance to the name Atlantis was intentional (Let/347), created as part of the background for Tolkien’s (unfinished) time-travel story about Atlantis: “The Lost Road” (LR/36-104).

References ✧ Let/347; LRI; PM/158; PMI; S/281; SI/Akallabêth, Atalantë

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atalantë “collapse, downfall”

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ᴹQ. Atalante pn. “Downfall(en)”

See Q. Atalantë for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/DAT, TALÁT; LR/11, 14, 25, 47; LRI/Atalantë; PE18/35; SD/247, 249, 310, 375; SDI2/Akallabêth, Atalante

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atalta- “to collapse, fall in, fall down, slip down in ruin”
lanta- “to fall” ✧ Ety/DAT; Ety/TALÁT
ᴹ√TALAT “to slope, lean, tip, topple over, slip down, incline” ✧ Ety/TALÁT (TALÁT)
ᴹ√DAT “fall down” ✧ Ety/TALÁT (LANT)
ᴹ✶a-¹ “complete” ✧ Ety/TALÁT
talta- “to slip (down), fall, slide down, slope” ✧ Ety/TALÁT; PE18/35 (talante)

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