Q. Hildórien loc. “*Land of the Followers”
The land where Men first awoke (S/103). It clearly contains the Quenya word for Men: Hildor “Followers” (SA/khil). Its final element -ien² is seen in the names of other lands, such as Arvernien and Lórien.
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, the name for the land where Men awoke was ᴱQ. Murmenalda (LT1/233). In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, the name changed to ᴹQ. Hildórien (LR/245). This name also appeared in the Etymologies as a derivative of ᴹ√KHIL (Ety/KHIL), and kept the form Hildórien in all later versions of the tales.
References ✧ MRI; S/103; SA/khil; SI; WJI
|Hildor||“Men, Aftercomers, (lit.) Followers”||✧ SA/khil|
ᴹQ. Hildórien loc.
References ✧ Ety/KHIL, PHIR; LR/245; LRI/Hildórien, Palisor; SMI
|Hildi||“Mortal Men, (lit.) Followers”||✧ Ety/KHIL; LR/245|
ᴱQ. Murmenalda loc. “Vale of Sleep”
The valley where Men first awoke in the earliest Lost Tales, glossed “Vale of Sleep” (LT1/233). It is a combination of murme “sleep” and nalda “valley” as suggested by Christopher Tolkien (LT1A/Murmenalda).
See Q. Hildórien for further discussion.
References ✧ LT1/233; LT1A/Murmenalda; LT1I; SMI
|murme||“slumber, sleep”||✧ LT1A/Murmenalda|
|nalda||“lowly, valley (aj.), dale (aj.)”||✧ LT1A/Murmenalda|