> [Thanks, Petri, for the interesting survey of this word. For my part, I
> don't see any "evil" connotation to the glosses 'dusk, gloom, darkness';
> to the Elves, born under the stars, darkness _per se_ is not evil.
Of course not. I was quite aware of that, for it has been ellaborated quite
often in "The History of Middle-earth". I am sorry if my text implied that
in any way. That is why I put more evidence after those glosses to
support that word had an evil connotation in the 1910s.
> And while 'gloom' has now acquired primarily a connotation of
> melancholy, it was not always so; it is more generally "Partial or total
> darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of
> midnight". Carl]
But one must remember that Lowdham, who said that _lómi_ "appears to mean
'fair night, a night of stars', with no connotations of gloom or fear"
(IX:414), was a person who lived in the 1980s. That was most certainly a
time when 'gloom' had been narrowed in its meaning to imply only
melancholic darkness even in philological circles.
Petri Tikka Helsinki, Finland