Q. Ainulindalë pn. “Music of the Ainur”

Q. Ainulindalë, pn. “Music of the Ainur”

The title of the opening story of The Silmarillion (S/15-22), clearly a compound of Ainu “Holy One” and lindalë “music”.

Conceptual Development: Although the story itself dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, this title only emerged in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s version (LR/156).

References ✧ LT1I; LT2I; MRI; S/15; SA/aina, lin²; SI/Ainulindalë, Music of the Ainur; SMI; WJI



Ainu “holy one, spirit” ✧ S/15
lindalë “music” ✧ S/15
aina “holy, revered, numinous” ✧ SA/aina
LIN² “sing, make a musical sound” ✧ SA/lin²

ᴹQ. Ainulindale pn. “Music of the Ainur”

See Q. Ainulindalë for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/AYAN; LR/156; SDI2/Ainulindalë; TII/Ainulindalë



Ainu “holy one, angelic spirit” plural ✧ Ety/AYAN
lindale “music”