ᴱQ. ilwe n. “sky, heavens” (Category: Sky, Heavens)
A noun in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s described as “sky, heavens, the blue air that is about the stars, the middle layers”, derived from the root ᴱ√ILU “ether, the slender airs among the stars” (QL/42). Hence it was above the lower airs (where people breathed) and below the upper airs (outer space); this arrangement of lower, middle, upper airs is one that Tolkien eventually abandoned in his later writings.
References ✧ GL/50; LBI/Ilwë; LT1/85, 127; LT1A/Ilwë, Vilna; LT1I/Ilwë; LT2I/Ilwë; PME/42; QL/42; SMI/Ilwë
|ᴱ√ILU > ilwe||[iluē] > [ilue] > [ilwe]||✧ QL/42|