Q. Aulë m. “The Maker, The Smith”

Q. Aulë, m. “The Maker, The Smith”

Aulë is the Valar of crafting and smithing, spouse of Yavanna, and his name is variously glossed as “The Maker” (S/44) or “The Smith” (LotR/1137). His Quenya name is an adaptation of his Valarin name Val. Aʒūlēz of unknown meaning (WJ/399). His name may also be related to the word (ᴹQ.) aule “invention”.

Conceptual Development: This name dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, appearing from the beginning in the same form: ᴱQ. Aule (LT1/16), and it was translated “Smith” in an early name list (PE13/104). In Tolkien’s Old English version of the Quenta Noldorinwa, his name is translated as “Cræftfréa”, Old English for “Craft Lord” (SM/208). In The Etymologies, ᴹQ. Aule is derived from the root ᴹ√GAWA and thus connected to ᴹQ. aule “invention” (Ety/GAWA). In the Quendi and Eldar essay from 1959-60, Tolkien said that his name was derived from Valarin Aʒūlēz (WJ/399), and this appears to be the last thing Tolkien wrote on the derivation of this name.

References ✧ LotR/1137; LotRI; MRI; PM/391; PMI; S/44; SI; UTI; WJ/399; WJI/Aulë, Mahal

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Val. Aʒūlēz > Aulë [aɣūlē] > [aulē] > [aule] ✧ WJ/399

ᴹQ. Aule m. “Cræftfréa”

See Q. Aulë for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/GAWA; LRI/Aulë; PE22/23; SDI2/Aulë; SM/208; SMI/Aulë

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aule “invention” ✧ Ety/GAWA

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ᴱQ. Aule m. “Smith”

See Q. Aulë for discussion.

References ✧ GL/18, 62; LBI/Aulë; LT1A/Aulë; LT1I/Aulë; LT2I/Aulë; PE13/104; PE14/12; PE15/8, 29

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