Q. #Lestanórë loc. “Doriath, *(lit.) Land of the Girdle”
Given as the Quenya name of Doriath in the essay Quendi and Eldar from 1959-60, attested only in its genitive form Lestanórëo in the phrase Elwe, Aran Lestanórëo “Elwe, King of Doriath” (WJ/369). Its final element is certainly nórë “land”. Its initial element lesta resembles S. lest “girdle” in the name S. Lest Melian “Girdle of Melian” and may have a similar meaning. In the earlier poem Fíriel’s Song from the 1930s, the instrumental form lestanen of ᴹQ. lesta was translated “in measure” (LR/72), though it isn’t clear whether the meaning “measure” remained valid when Quendi and Eldar was written.
References ✧ WJ/369
|Lestanórëo||genitive||“of Doriath”||✧ WJ/369|
|#lesta||“*girdle”||✧ WJ/369 (#Lesta)|
|nórë||“land, country; †people, race, tribe”||✧ WJ/369 (#nórëo)|
ᴱQ. Artanor loc. “Land Beyond”
See Q. #Lestanórë for further discussion.
References ✧ LBI; LT1/196; LT1I; LT2/9; LT2A/Artanor; LT2I; SMI
|arta||“across, athwart”||✧ LT2A/Artanor|
|nóre||“(native) land, nation, family, country”|