topon. Westernesse, (lit.) West-land

The island-continent where the Edain settled after the fall of Beleriand (LotR/1035, S/261), often appearing in its shorter form Númenor. It is generally translated as “Westernesse” (LotR/194, S/261) but more literally means “West-land” (Let/224, RC/778). It is a compound of númen “west” and nórë “land” (Let/361).
Conceptual Development: In the very first draft of the Fall of Númenor, this name was given as ᴹQ. Númar or ᴹQ. Númenos (LR/11), but in the next draft these became the name its capital city, and the name Númenor emerged as the name of the land (LR/14). The full form ᴹQ. Númenóre appeared in the Etymologies, already with the derivation discussed above (Ety/NDŪ). @@@ Adjective form Númenórea (PE22/19)

[Let/151.0111, Let/224.3101, Let/224.3102, Let/303.1105, Let/361.2211, LotR/0194.1309, LotRI/Númenor.001, LotRI/Westernesse.003, MRI/Númenor.001, PE17/015.4202, PE17/016.0103, PE17/064.3612, PMI/Númenor.001, RC/778.3606, S/261.0404, SA/dôr.072, SA/dôr.078, SI/Númenor.001, SI/Númenor.002, SI/Westernesse.004, UTI/Númenor.001, UTI/Númenor.002, WJI/Númenor.001, WJI/Númenor.002] Group: Eldamo. Published by



topon. Westernesse

The Adûnaic name for Númenor (Q. Númenórë), with the same meaning as its Quenya name: “Westernesse” (S/261). In The Silmarillion appendix, Christopher Tolkien stated that is it a loan word from Elvish (SA/andúnë). According to J.R.R. Tolkien’s own writing (SD/426), this is true, albiet not directly. Anadûnê is a feminized form of the adjective anadûni “western, of the west”, which is itself related to S. dûn “west”.

[S/261.0310, SA/andúnë.057, SD/240.4006, SD/247.1201, SD/305.3001, SD/311.4006, SD/361.0310, SD/426.1007, SD/428.39051, SDI2/Anadûnê.001, SI/Anadûnê.001, SI/Westernesse.003, VT24/12.2202] Group: Eldamo. Published by

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