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Q. telluma n. “dome, cupola, vault” (Category: Roof)

Q. telluma, n. “dome, cupola, vault” (Category: Roof)

A word for a “vault” or “dome” in the Namárië poem (LotR/377; RGEO/58). In the Quendi and Eldar essay from 1959-60, Tolkien said telluma “dome, cupola” was an alteration of telumë under the influence of the Valarin word Val. delgūmā “dome”, used “especially the ‘Dome of Varda’ over Valinor, but also applied to the domes of the mansion of Manwe and Varda upon Taniquetil” (WJ/399, 411). As such, this word may not have been in common use, being applicable only to the “holy domes” of the Valar.

References ✧ LotR/377; PE17/66; RGEO/58; WJ/399, 411





tellumar plural “vaults” ✧ LotR/377; PE17/66
tellumar plural “domes” ✧ RGEO/58
téllumàr plural “vaults” ✧ RGEO/58

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Phonetic Developments

Val. delgūmā > telluma [delgūmā] ? [telgūmā] > [telɣūmā] > [telɣumā] > [telɣuma] > [telluma] ✧ WJ/399