633Eru 'the One' ... 'He that is Alone' ?
- Feb 16, 2004I wondered whether the gloss "Eru : the One, He that is Alone" given
by Christopher Tolkien into the index of the _Silmarillion (1977)_
came from his own deduction or a JRR Tolkien's document. Indeed,
whereas 'the One' is often found elsewhere (cf. the very
gloss "Eru 'the One'" in XI/402), I didn't find any occurence of 'He
that is Alone' in HOME. Neither remember I having seen it in any VT.
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" which
then would be assigned to Eru by saying 'He that is Alone'; knowing
whether this idea is well-founded bears on what sense can be
really infered from Eru's name.
[I haven't had much time to search, but I haven't found a source for
the particular gloss 'He that is Alone'. It may have been deduced by
Christopher, or perhaps taken from one of the various scattered notes
on nomenclature in Tolkien's papers. I don't recall seeing such a gloss,
but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. CFH]
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