Quenya 

vanya

proper name. vanya

An Elf of the first tribe, known as “The Fair” (S/53). Their name developed from the primitive root √(G)WAN “pale, fair” referring to their fair hair (WJ/383).

Conceptual Development: Tolkien also considered deriving this name from primitive ✶banya “beautiful” (PM/402) from the root √BAN (PE17/165). In Quenya, these two roots were blended, so both origins could have been true in a sense.

Elements

WordGlossSource
vanyafair-
vainablondePE17/154.4104

Imported inflections

WordFormGlossSource
Vainarplural-PE17/155.0305
Vanyarpluralthe FairLBI/Teleri.011; WJ/382.3201; WJ/380.2001; UTI/Vanyar.001; SMI/Vanyar.001; SMI/Lindar.013; SI/Vanyar.020
VanyarpluralFair ElvesS/053.0308; RSI/Vanyar.001; PMI/Vanyar.004; PM/402.0301; PM/062.1108; MRI/Vanyar.001; MR/174.2709; LT2I/Vanyar.001; LT1I/Vanyar.001; LRI/Vanyar.001; LBI/Vanyar.001; WJ/383.0401; WJI/Vanyar.004
Wainarplural-PE17/155.0304

Element in: Q. Vanyarin

Quenya [PE17/155.0305; SI/Vanyar.020; PMI/Vanyar.004; WJI/Vanyar.004; LT2I/Vanyar.001; WJ/383.0401; WJ/382.3201; WJ/380.2001; UTI/Vanyar.001; SMI/Vanyar.001; SMI/Lindar.013; LBI/Vanyar.001; SI/Vanyar.001; LT1I/Vanyar.001; S/053.0308; WJI/Vanyar.001; PMI/Vanyar.001; PM/402.0301; PM/062.1108; LRI/Vanyar.001; MRI/Vanyar.001; MR/174.2709; RSI/Vanyar.001; LBI/Teleri.011; PE17/155.0304; LBI/Teleri.011|WJ/382.3201|WJ/380.2001|UTI/Vanyar.001|SMI/Vanyar.001|SMI/Lindar.013|SI/Vanyar.020; S/053.0308|RSI/Vanyar.001|PMI/Vanyar.004|PM/402.0301|PM/062.1108|MRI/Vanyar.001|MR/174.2709|LT2I/Vanyar.001|LT1I/Vanyar.001|LRI/Vanyar.001|LBI/Vanyar.001|WJ/383.0401|WJI/Vanyar.004] Group: Eldamo. Published by

vanya

fair

vanya (1) adj. "fair" (FS), "beautiful" (BAN), a word referring to beauty that is "due to lack of fault, or blemish" (PE17:150), hence Arda Vanya as an alternative to Arda Alahasta for "Arda Unmarred" (ibid., compare MR:254). Nominal pl. Vanyar "the Fair", the first clan of the Eldar; the original meaning of this stem was "pale, light-coloured, not brown or dark" (WJ:382, 383, stem given as WAN), "properly = white complexion and blonde hair" (PE17:154, stem given as GWAN); stems BAN vs. WAN discussed, see PE17:150.

vanya

adjective. beautiful, beautiful, unmarred, of fair unspoiled form, fair, fair, beautiful, unmarred, fair-haired, fair-haired (yellow to golden)
Quenya [PE17/056.0906; PE17/057.1203; PE17/149.3605; PE17/150.0601; PE17/150.0908; PE17/150.0909; PE17/150.1101; PE17/150.1307; PE17/154.3111; PE17/165.2906; PE17/165.3005; PE17/165.3006] Group: Eldamo. Published by

vanima

adjective. beautiful
Quenya [PE 22:156] Group: Mellonath Daeron. Published by

vanima

beautiful, fair

vanima adj. "beautiful, fair" (BAN, VT39:14) (glossed "proper, right, fair" in early "Qenya", LT1:272, though a later source says the word is used "only of living things, especially Elves and Men", PE17:150); nominal pl. vanimar "beautiful ones", partitive pl. genitive vanimálion, translated "of beautiful children", but literally meaning *"of [some] beautiful ones") (LotR3:VI ch. 6, translated in Letters:308). Arwen vanimalda "Beautiful Arwen", literally "Arwen your beauty" (see -lda for reference; changed to Arwen vanimelda in the second edition of LotR; see vanimelda).

vanima

adjective. beautiful, beautiful, fair, fair, fair, beautiful, fair, beautiful, unblemished
Quenya [PE17/055.3402; PE17/056.0908; PE17/057.0901; PE17/057.1006; PE17/143.4309; PE17/149.3609; PE17/150.0614; PE17/165.2608; PE22/156.1906; VT39/14.3901] Group: Eldamo. Published by

alya

fair, good

alya (1) adj. "fair, good" (PE17:146), "prosperous, rich, abundant, blessed" (GALA). In a deleted entry in Etym, the glosses provided were "rich, blessed"; another deleted entry defined alya as "rich, prosperous, blessed". (GALA, [ÁLAM], VT42:32, 45:5, 14)

vanë

adjective. fair
Quenya [PE17/056.0903; PE17/056.0904] Group: Eldamo. Published by

vanë

fair

vanë adj. "fair" (LT1:272; in Tolkien's later Quenya rather vanya)

vanië

beauty

vanië noun "beauty" (PE17:56), apparently formed from vanya #1. Synonym vanessë.

vanië

noun. beauty
Quenya [PE17/056.0910; PE17/057.1205] Group: Eldamo. Published by

vannë

vannë

vannë pa.t. of vanya-(WAN)

vanessë

beauty

vanessë noun "beauty" (LT1:272, PE17:56). Also vanië.

vanessë

noun. beauty
Quenya [PE17/056.0911] Group: Eldamo. Published by

alima

fair, good

alima adj. "fair, good" (also alya) (PE17:146)

calwa

beautiful

calwa ("k") adj. "beautiful" (LT1:254)

linda

fair, beautiful

linda adj. "fair, beautiful" (of sound) (SLIN, LIND; VT45:27), "soft, gentle, light" (PE16:96), "beautiful, sweet, melodious of sound" (PE17:150); for Linda as a noun, see Lindar.

látie

noun. openness
Quenya [VT39/23.2908] Group: Eldamo. Published by

látië

openness

látië noun "openness" (VT39:23)

mairëa

beautiful

mairëa adj. "beautiful" (of things made by art) (PE17:163). An alternative (and peculiar) form "mairia" is also implied in the source.

mírya

beautiful

mírya adj. "beautiful" (of work of art only) (PE17:165)

-ima

fair

-ima adjectival suffix. Sometimes it is used to derive simple adjectives, like vanima "fair" or calima "bright"; it can also take on the meaning "-able" (PE17:68), as in mátima "edible" (mat- "eat"), nótima "countable" (not- "count") and (with a negative prefix) úquétima "unspeakable" (from quet- "speak"). Note that the stem-vowel is normally lengthened in the derivatives where -ima means "-able", though this fails to occur in cenima "visible" (q.v., but contrast hraicénima, q.v.) and also before a consonant cluster as in úfantima "not concealable" (PE17:176). "X-ima" may mean "apt to X" (when the ending is added to an intransitive verbal stem), as in Fírimar "mortals", literally "those apt to die" (WJ:387). The adj. úfantima "not concealable" (PE17:176) also appears as úfantuma (PE17:180), indicating the existence of a variant ending -uma (possibly used to derive adjectives with a "bad" meaning; compare the ending *-unqua next to -inqua, q.v.)

-ië

openness

- (2) abstract ending, often used to derive abstracts from adjectives, e.g. látië "openness" vs. láta "open", mornië "darkness" vs. morna "black, dark", vanië (for *vanyië) "beauty" vs. vanya "fair".