S. Annúnaid pn. “Westron”

S. Annúnaid, pn. “Westron”

The Sindarin name for the “Westron” language (PM/316). Its initial element is clearly annûn “west”, but the meaning of the suffix -aid is unclear. It might be some variation on the gerund-suffix -ed/-ad seen in nouns like genediad “reckoning”, though this suffix usually forms nouns from verbs, not adjectives. Vyacheslav Stepanov suggested the final element might be from ancient adjectival *-etya based on √ET “out”, so that -aid = “*out from”, as in “*out from the West”.

References ✧ PM/316; PMI



annûn “sunset, west; (lit.) going down”