Q. Calion m. “*Son of Light”

Q. Calion, m. “*Son of Light”

Tar-Calion was the Quenya name of Ad. Ar-Pharazôn, the last king of Númenor. This name seems to be a compound of cala “light” and the patronymic suffix -ion “-son” (S/270).

Conceptual Development: This character’s name was first given as ᴹQ. Angor, but the name was quickly changed to ᴹQ. Tar-Kalion (LR/27). In the Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies, there is a name ᴹQ. Tar-kulu that the editors suggested could be an otherwise unattested variant of Tar-Calion (EtyAC/KUL).

A primitive form of this name, ✶Kalajondo, appeared in some linguistic notes from the 1950s (PE21/76).

References ✧ PMI/Ar-Pharazôn, Tar-Kalion; SA/kal; SI/Tar-Calion; UTI/Ar-Pharazôn, Tar-Calion



cala “light”
-ion “-son, masculine patronymic”
KAL “light; shine, be bright, ⚠️[ᴱ√] shine golden” ✧ SA/kal



ᴹQ. Tar-Kalion m.

See Q. Calion for discussion.

References ✧ LR/27, 47; LRI/Angor, Tar-Kalion; SD/246, 310; SDI2/Ar-Pharazôn, Tar-kalion


Element In


ᴹQ. Angor m.

Earliest (rejected) name of Tar-Calion, of unclear meaning.

See Q. Calion for further discussion.

References ✧ LR/27; LRI


ᴹQ. Tar-kulu m. “*High Gold”

A name appearing only in the Etymologies from the 1930s, as a combination of tar- “high” and kulu “gold” (EtyAC/KUL). Carl Hostetter and Patrick Wynne suggested it might be a variation of Tar-Calion.

See Q. Calion for further discussion.

Reference ✧ EtyAC/KUL


tar- “high; king or queen (in compounds)”
kulu “gold (metal)” ✧ Ety/KUL (kulu)