S. Arwen f. “Noble Maiden”
Beloved of Aragorn and first queen of reunited Gondor and Arnor (LotR/973). Her name was translated “Noble Maiden” in one of Tolkien’s letters (RC/205). The initial element of her name is the prefix ar(a)- “noble” and its final element is the suffixal form -wen of gwend “maiden”, common in female names.
Conceptual Development: Arwen’s name did not emerge until late in the Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s. She was first named N. Ellonel, but this was revised to Finduilas >> Amareth >> Emrahil before Tolkien finally settled on Arwen (SD/66).
References ✧ LotR/352; LotRI; MRI; PMI; RC/205; RSI; SD/66; SDI1/Amareth, Arwen; TII; UTI; WJ/369; WJI; WRI
|ar(a)-||“noble, royal, high”|
N. Ellonel f.
References ✧ SD/66; SDI1/Amareth, Ellonel, Emrahil