Q. Voronwë m. “Steadfast, Faithful”
An Elf of Gondolin who guided Tuor to that secret realm (S/239). This name was also the sobriquet of Mardil, the first ruling steward of Gondor, where it was translated “The Steadfast” (LotR/1039). This name could simply be the noun voronwë “steadfastness” used as a name (PE17/189), but it is likelier that its final element is the suffix -wë common in ancient names (PM/340), in which case its initial element is probably some form of the root ᴹ√BOR(ON) “endure” (Ety/BORÓN).
Conceptual Development: The name ᴱQ. Voronwe dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, where it was translated “Faithful” (LT2/156) and derived from the root ᴱ√VORO (QL/102). The name ᴹQ. Voronwe appeared in The Etymologies from the 1930s as a combination of the roots ᴹ√BOR(ON) “endure” and ᴹ√WEG (Ety/BORÓN). In the unfinished “Notion Club Papers” story from the 1940s, it was used as the name of a companion of Elendil, where it was translated “Steadfast, Faithful” (SD/290).
References ✧ LotR/1039; LotRI/Mardil; PE17/189-190; PM/340; PMI/Mardil; SI; UTI/Mardil, Voronwë; WJI/Bronwë, Voronwë
|-wë||“name-suffix (often masculine)”||✧ PE17/189 (-we); PE17/189 (-nwe); PE17/189; PE17/190 (wĕ); PM/340|
ᴹQ. Voronwe m. “Steadfast, Faithful”
References ✧ Ety/BORÓN; SD/290; SDI1/Voronwë; SDI2/Voronwë; SMI/Bronweg
|ᴹ√BOR(ON)||“endure”||extension||✧ Ety/BORÓN (BORÓN)|
|ᴹ√WEG||“(manly) vigour”||✧ Ety/BORÓN|
ᴱQ. Voronwe m. “the Faithful”
References ✧ GL/24; LBI/Voronwë; LT1A/Bronweg; LT1I/Voronwë; LT2I/Voronwë; PME/102; QL/102; SMI/Voronwë
|vor(o)||✧ LT1A/Bronweg (voro); QL/102 (voro)|