radiance of pure light

Silmaril (Silmarill-, as in pl. Silmarilli), noun, name of the shining jewels made by Fëanor; full sg. form Silmarillë (SA:sil, SIL, RIL, MIR).Translated "radiance of pure light" in Letters:148. Gen. pl. Silmarillion, as in (Quenta) Silmarillion "(the Story) of the Silmarils".

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name. radiance of pure light

The name of the great jewels crafted by Fëanor from which The Silmarillion legends gets their name (S/33). It sometimes appeared in the longer form Silmarillë (PE17/47, PM/363). Tolkien translated this name as “radiance of pure light” (Let/148) and said that it was a combination of silima, the crystaline substance from which the jewels were made (RGEO/65), and a derivative of the root √RIL “brilliant, brilliance” (PM/363), perhaps in the form rillë “brilliance”.
Conceptual Development: The name ᴱQ. Silmaril dates back to the earliest Lost Tales (LT1/128). Christopher Tolkien suggested that at this early stage it was probably a compound of ᴱQ. Sil “Moon” and ᴱQ. marilla “pearl” (LT1A/Silmaril). In the Etymologies, the name ᴹQ. Silmaril appears as a combination of silma “silver, shining white” and the root ᴹ√RIL (Ety/RIL, SIL), similar to its later etymology.

[Let/148.0812, Let/425.4310, LotR/1033.2911, LotR/1034.1503, LotRI/Silmaril.001, MRI/Silmaril.001, MRI/Silmaril.002, PE17/019.3802, PE17/047.1404, PE17/112.0702, PM/030.2106, PM/363.1007, PMI/Silmaril.001, PMI/Silmaril.002, PMI/Silmaril.003, RGEO/65.3204, S/033.0102, SA/ril.005, SA/sil.032] Group: Eldamo. Published by

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