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Early Quenya

ailinisse alkarain

upon the shining shore

The twenty-second and final phrase (line 27) of the first version of the Oilima Markirya poem (MC/221). The first word is the locative plural of ailin “shore” followed by the plural form of the adjective alkara “shining”.

Decomposition: Broken into its constituent elements, this phrase would be:

> ailin-i-sse alkara-in = “✱beach-(plural)-upon shining-(plural)”

Conceptual Development: This phrase initially appeared in the sixth draft, where Tolkien briefly considered making the first word the locative form of oilima “last” (OM1f: PE16/74).

Element in


  • {oilimisse >>} ailinisse alkarain ✧ PE16/074
Early Quenya [MC/221; PE16/074] Group: Eldamo. Published by