Ilúvatar masc. name "All-father", God (SD:401, FS, IL; Ilúv-atar, ATA, Iluvatar with a short u, SD:346). Often in combination with the divine name as Eru Ilúvatar, "Eru Allfather", cf. MR:112. "Qenya" genitive Ilúvatáren "of Ilúvatar" in Fíriel's Song, LR:47 and SD:246, the genitive ending is -en instead of -o as in LotR-style Quenya. Cf. the later genitive Ilúvataro in the phrase Híni Ilúvataro (see "Children of Ilúvatar" in the Silmarillion Index)
masculine name. Father of All
Conceptual Development: This name dates back to the earliest Lost Tales (LT1/49), though ᴱQ. Ilúvatar originally meant “Sky Father” or “Heavenly Father” (LTA1/Ilúvatar, QL/42). A revised translation “Lord for Always” appeared in the Name-list for the Fall of Gondolin (PE15/27) and the translation “All-father” emerged in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/78, LR/110). ᴹQ. Ilúvatar appeared in The Etymologies as the combination of ᴹQ. ilúve and ᴹQ. atar (Ety/ATA, IL).
- Q. Híni Ilúvataro “Children of Ilúvatar” ✧ PE21/83; SI/Children of Ilúvatar
Word Gloss ilúvë “the whole, the all, allness, the whole, the all, allness; [ᴹQ.] universe, world; Heaven” atar “father”
allness, the all
ilúvë noun "allness, the all". In Ilúvatar "All-father". _(SA; WJ:402, MR:471, IL) _In MR:355, ilúvë seems to be equated with Heaven. Cf. SD:401: Ilúvë Ilu "Heaven, the universe, all that is (with and without the Earth)".