1144Holograph MS of Letter 227, correcting publishe d etymology of "Númenor"
- Dec 14, 2013Mr. Mark Faith has listed a Tolkien holograph letter, dated Jan. 5, 1961, on eBay, at:A substantial excerpt from this letter was published by Humphrey Carpenter as Letter 227 in _The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien_ (cf. p. 303).Of particular interest to this list is the etymology given therein of the Quenya name _Númenor, Númenórë_. The reproduced first page of the letter allows us to correct a couple of misreadings in this etymology as published, which should read:“Númenor, shortened form of _Númenórë_, is my own invention, compounded from _nūme-n_ “going down” (√ndū, nū), sunset, West, and _nōre_ “land, country” = _Westernesse_.”Carl Hostetter