N. Tûn loc. “Hill City”

N. Tûn, loc. “Hill City”

Noldorin equivalent of ᴹQ. Túna appearing in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s with the gloss “Hill City” (LR/222). It also appeared in The Etymologies derived from the same primitive form as its Quenya equivalent (Ety/TUN).

Conceptual Development: G. Tûn appeared towards the end of notes associated with the earliest Lost Tales (LT2/202), where it was most likely inspired by Old English “tún”, as suggested by Christopher Tolkien (LT2/292). It also appeared in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s (LB/17, 217). Its development parallels that of its Quenya name; see Q. Tirion for a fuller discussion on the evolution of the name of this city and the hill it stood upon.

References ✧ Ety/TUN; LR/119, 173, 222, 225; LRI; LT1I; MRI; SDI2/Túna; SMI; TII; WJI/Tûn, Túna





dûn soft-mutation; t-mutation ✧ LR/222

Element In



Phonetic Developments

ON. Tūna > Tûn [tūna] > [tūn] ✧ Ety/TUN

ᴱN. Tûn loc.

See N. Tûn for discussion.

References ✧ LB/219; LBI/Corthûn, Tûn; PE13/148


Element In

G. Tûn loc.

See N. Tûn for discussion.

References ✧ LT2/202, 292; LT2I