Quenya

Aman

topon. Blessed Realm

The continent in the Uttermost West where the Valar dwelled after the first wars with Morgoth destroyed the world as it was initially created (S/37). Its name is derived from the same root √(A)MAN “blessed, unmarred” as the name of Manwë (PE17/162). The most common translation of this name was the “Blessed Realm” (S/62), though more precisely it describes the “unmarred” state of this land, free from the unfluence of Morgoth (PE17/162).
Tolkien elsewhere said that Aman was adapted from an (unknown) word from Valarin, meaning “at peace, in accord (with Eru)”, much as Manwë was an adaptation of Val. Mānawenūz (WJ/399). This is not incompatible with its derivation from the root √(A)MAN, which itself may have been adopted into Primitive Elvish from Valarin.
Conceptual Development: According to Christopher Tolkien, the idea for this name first emerged from Ad. Amân, the Adûnaic name for Manwë (SD/376). In Tolkien’s earliest writings, the name for the Land of the Valar was simply ᴱQ. Valinor (LT1/70), but in later writings this became the Elvish name for this land, whereas Aman was its “proper” name (PE17/106).

[LBI/Aman.001, LotRI/Aman.001, LotRI/Blessed Realm.004, LRI/Aman.001, LT1I/Aman.001, LT2I/Aman.001, MRI/Aman.016, PE17/106.2808, PE17/162.2804, PMI/Aman.001, RC/766.2102, S/062.2706, SA/mān.006, SD/376.3606, SD/376.3706, SDI2/Amân.020, SI/Aman.001, SI/Blessed Realm.004, SMI/Aman.001, UTI/Aman.001, VT49/26.3301, VT49/26.3306, VT49/26.3906, VT49/26.4012, WJ/399.0801, WJI/Aman.001] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Adûnaic

Amatthâni

topon. Blessed Realm, (lit.) Land of Manwë

The Adûnaic name for the Blessed Realm, home of the Valar (SD/388, SD/420). Its Quenya equivalent would be Aman, though Tolkien did not coin the Quenya name until a later conceptual stage of his legendarium. The Adûnaic word is derived from their name for the ruler of the Bless Realm: Amân (Manwë). Its literal meaning is “Manwë’s Land”.
Conceptual Development: The first Adûnaic name for the Blessed Realm was Zen’namân (SD/385).

[SD/388.3708, SD/420.2309, SD/435.1610, SDI2/Amatthânê.009] Group: Eldamo. Published by

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