Q. Silpion pn. “White Tree”

Q. Silpion, pn. “White Tree”

A name for the White Tree of Valinor, the one of the Two Trees which shone with silver light (S/38). The exact meaning of this name is unclear, but its initial element is from the root √SIL “shine (white or silver)” (SA/sil) or possibly from its extended form ᴹ√SILIP (Ety/SIL).

Conceptual Development: The very first name of this tree was ᴱQ. Valpio “Holy Cherry”, appearing in the Qenya Lexicon from the 1910s (LTA2/Silpion, QL/55). In the earliest Lost Tales, however, it was called ᴱQ. Silpion (LT1/73). At this early stage, the name was translated “Cherry-moon” (LT2/215), using the same element ᴱQ. pio “cherry” as its predecessor Valpio. It is unlikely this meaning persisted into later writings. In The Etymologies from the 1930s, the name ᴹQ. Silpion was glossed “White Tree of Valinor” (Ety/BAL). Although not exact, "White Tree" is the best available later translation of this name.

References ✧ MRI; PMI; S/38; SA/sil; SI

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Elements

SIL “shine (white or silver)” ✧ SA/sil

ᴹQ. Silpion pn. “White Tree of Valinor”

See Q. Silpion for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/BAL, ROS¹, SIL; EtyAC/SIL; LRI; RSI; SDI1/Silpion; SMI

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Derivations

Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√SÍLIP > Silpion [silpion] ✧ Ety/SIL

ᴱQ. Silpion pn. “Cherry-moon”

See Q. Silpion for discussion.

References ✧ GL/67; LT1A/Silpion; LT1I; LT2/215; LT2A/Silpion; LT2I; PE13/102, 104; PE15/26; SM/80

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Variations

Elements

Sil “Moon; Rose” ✧ LT1A/Sil
pio “plum, berry, cherry” ✧ LT2A/Silpion

Cognates


ᴱQ. Valpio pn. “Holy Cherry of Valinor”

See Q. Silpion for discussion.

References ✧ LT2A/Silpion; PME/34; QL/99

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Elements

Vala “God”
pio “plum, berry, cherry” ✧ LT2A/Silpion
*ᴱ√WALA “fortune, happiness; *power” ✧ QL/99 (VALA)