Q. Vána f. “Ever-young, (lit.) *Beauty”
Valië of Spring and Happiness, spouse of Oromë, also called the “Ever-young” (S/29). Her name is a derivative of either √BAN “beauty” (PE17/150) or √WAN “fair” (WJ/383). She is the most perfectly beautiful being in form and feature, in the sense that she lacked any fault or blemish (PE17/150).
Conceptual Development: Her name was ᴱQ. Vána in the earliest Lost Tales (LT1/67), and this name appeared in the Qenya Lexicon as a derivative of the root ᴱ√VANA along with other words having to do with “beauty” (QL/99). In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, ᴹQ. Vana appeared with a short a (SM/79, LR/206), and it also appeared this way in The Etymologies as a derivative of √BAN, which was also the basis for words meaning “beautiful” (Ety/BAN).
The long á was restored in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (MR/146). The derivation from the root √WAN did not appear until the “Quendi and Eldar” essay from 1959-60.
References ✧ MRI; PE17/149-150; S/29; SI; SMI/Vana; WJ/383; WJI
|√ɃAN > Vána||[bāna] > [βāna] > [vāna]||✧ PE17/149|
|√BAN > Vána||[bāna] > [βāna] > [vāna]||✧ PE17/150|
|√WAN > Vána||[wāna] > [βāna] > [vāna]||✧ WJ/383|
ᴹQ. Vana f.
References ✧ Ety/BAN; LRI; SMI
|ᴹ✶bánā > Vana||[banā] > [βanā] > [βana] > [vana]||✧ Ety/BAN|
ᴱQ. Vána f.
References ✧ GL/18, 44, 71; LT1A/Tuivána, Vána; LT1I; LT2I; PE14/14; QL/40, 96, 99