On 16.02.2004, at 14:34, Jérôme Sainton wrote:
> One might relate the name of Eru to the root ER(E) in V/356 & L/384;
> but this is not said openly in _Quendi & Eldar_ or elsewhere (or did
> I miss something?), so is the index of the _Silmarillion_ right? I
> mean: the root ER(E) clearly implies an idea of "loneliness"
It doesn't have to imply 'loneliness', I think. In fact, given the
account of the 'Music of the Ainur' I doubt that interpretation.
'Alone' may never have been intended by J.R.R. Tolkien. Still, it may
mean 'alone of his kind, unique, peerless'. Note that Modern English
_alone_ goes back to OE _all -âna_ "all (as) one". If J.R.R. Tolkien
actually used that word, I might well imagine it was with this
etymological background in mind. Also, One and Alone (the latter in the
sense outlined above), I think, very well conveys the idea of the
Hebrew _ehad_ 'one, only, unique'.