place name. (Land of the) Valley of Singing Gold
- Q. Laurelindórenan lindelorendor malinornélion ornemalin ✧ Let/448; LotR/0467
Word Gloss laurë “gold (light or colour)” lindë “singing, song, musical sound, singing, song, musical sound; [ᴹQ.] air, tune” -ndor “land, country” nan(do) “(wide) valley, vale, (wide) valley, vale; [ᴹQ.] water-mead, watered plain; [ᴱQ.] woodland”
- Laurelindórinan ✧ Let/448; PE17/048; UT/253; UTI/Laurelindorinan; UTI/Lórien²
- Laureline-nan(do) ✧ NM/351
- Laure-ndóre ✧ NM/351
- Laure-linde ✧ NM/351
- laurelindórinan ✧ PE17/080; PE17/080
- laurelindóre ✧ PE17/080; PE17/080
- laurelindorinan ✧ PE17/080
The full Quenya name of S. Lórien (UT/253), appearing in the even longer Entish description of that land: Laurelindórenan lindelorendor malinornélion ornemalin (LotR/467). The name is a combination of the elements laurë “gold”, lin(dë) “singing”, -ndor “land” and the suffix -nan “valley” (Let/448, UT/253). This name was crafted by Galadriel, and was an allusion to the Golden Tree of Valinor, Laurelin (UT/253).
Conceptual Development: This name appeared as Laurelindórinan in the first edition of The Lord of the Rings, revised to Laurelindórenan in the second (SD/73). It also appeared in a shorter variant Laurelindórë “Land of Singing Gold” (PE17/80). It seems that when Tolkien first conceived of this name, it was merely an extended, Enticized version of Lórien (PE17/80). The idea that it was the full name coined by Galadriel came later, as Tolkien further developed the etymological history of S. Lórien (UT/253).