Q. Tol Eressëa loc. “Lonely Isle”
Easternmost outpost of the land of Valinor (S/59). This name is a combination of tol “island” and eressëa “lonely”, though the island was sometimes simply called Eressëa. It may be that this island was sometimes still reachable by mortals after the world was bent and the lands of Aman were removed from the world.
Conceptual Development: This name dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, and the earlier names ᴱQ. Tol Eressea and ᴹQ. Tol Eressea have the same form and meaning (LT1A/Tol Eressëa; Ety/ERE, TOL²). Perhaps the most important function of this island in Tolkien’s tales was as the place where Elvish lore was transmitted to Men, first to ᴱQ. Eriol in the earliest stories and to Ælfwine in later tales. Although Christopher Tolkien removed this idea from the published version of The Silmarillion to prevent confusion, it persisted into J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings in the 1950-60s.
References ✧ MR/175; MRI/Tol Eressëa; PMI/Eressëa; S/59; SA/tol; SI/Lonely Isle, Tol Eressëa; UTI/Tol Eressëa; VT47/13, 28; WJI/Tol Eressëa
|tol||“island, (steep) isle”||✧ SA/tol; VT47/13; VT47/28|
|Eressëa||“Lonely (Isle)”||✧ PMI/Eressëa|
ᴹQ. Tol Eressea loc. “Lonely Isle”
References ✧ Ety/ERE, LONO, TOL²; LR/203, 222, 333; LRI/Eressëa; SDI1/Tol Eressëa; SDI2/Tol Eressëa; SM/87; SMI/Tol Eressëa; WRI/Eressëa
ᴱQ. Tol Eressea loc. “Lonely Isle”
References ✧ GL/71; LBI/Tol Eressëa; LT1/13, 85; LT1A/Eriol, Tol Eressëa; LT1I/Tol Eressëa; LT2I/Tol Eressëa; PE15/7; PME/94; QL/94
|tol||“island, isle”||✧ LT1A/Tol Eressëa; QL/94|
|eressea||“lonely”||✧ LT1A/Tol Eressëa|
|ᴱ√ERE||“remain alone”||✧ LT1A/Eriol|