Q. Tintallë f. “(Star) Kindler”
A title of Varda as maker of the stars (LotR/377). The first element of this name is the verb tinta- “to kindle” (SA/tin, MR/388), and the second element is the feminine agental suffix -llë¹ (PE17/69).
Conceptual Development: The name ᴹQ. Tintalle appears in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/200, 212), as well as in The Etymologies (Ety/TIN). In The Etymologies, the variant form ᴹQ. Tintánie “star-maker, star-making” also appeared (Ety/TIN, TAN; EtyAC/TAN), which seems to be a combination of the roots ᴹ√TIN “sparkle” and ᴹ√TAN¹ “make” with the abstract noun ending ᴹQ. -ie¹; this name did not appear in the narratives, however.
In Tolkien’s “Words, Phrases and Passages from The Lord of the Rings” from the 1950s-60s, Tolkien considered and rejected the root √TAN¹ “construct” as an element in the name Tintallë (PE17/69). After this rejection, he decided that the final element -lle was a feminine agental suffix, but this unfortunately clashed with the contemporaneous 2nd-plural pronominal suffix -llë² “you”. Tolkien considered changing Varda’s title to Tintalde to avoid this conflict (PE17/69). In later writings, he revised the 2nd-plural pronoun to -ldë¹ instead (VT49/16, 51), which allowed Tintallë to stand unchanged.
References ✧ LotR/377; LotRI/Elbereth; MR/388; MRI; PE17/22-23, 66, 69; PE21/85; RGEO/58-59, 61; S/48; SA/tin; SI
|tinta-||“to kindle, cause to spark”||✧ MR/388; PE17/22; PE17/69; PE17/69; PE17/69; PE17/69; SA/tin|
|-llë¹||“feminine agent”||✧ PE17/69|
|√TIN||“sparkle, spark”||✧ PE17/66; RGEO/61|
|√TAN¹||“construct, make with tools”||✧ PE17/69 (TAN, in talle [rejected element])|
|-ldë²||“feminine agent”||✧ PE17/69|
ᴹQ. Tintalle f. “Kindler”
References ✧ Ety/TIN; LR/200, 212; LRI/Tintallë; TII/Tintallë
|tinta-||“to kindle, make to spark”||✧ Ety/TIN|
ᴹQ. Tintánie f. “Kindler, Star-maker, (lit.) Star-making”
References ✧ Ety/TAN, TIN; EtyAC/TAN; LRI/Tintanië
|ᴹ√TIN||“sparkle, emit slender (silver pale) beams”||✧ Ety/TIN|
|ᴹ√TAN¹||“make, fashion”||✧ Ety/TAN|