Beware, older languages below! The languages below were invented during Tolkien's earlier period and should be used with caution. Remember to never, ever mix words from different languages!



adjective. pale

A Doriathrin adjective for “pale” derived from primitive ᴹ✶lugni, a revision of the form luin that appeared in The Etymologies as published in The Lost Road (Ety/LUG², EtyAC/LUG²). The revision of [ui] >> [ū] probably reflects Tolkien’s vacillation on how primitive [[ilk|[g] vocalized before [m], [n]]] in Ilkorin. The earlier form of this word might an element in the name Draugluin “Werewolf” (LR/134), which in earlier writings was glossed “Werewolf Pale” (LB/205). The early Noldorin word ᴱN. lhui “pale” might be a precursor to it (PE13/149).


  • luinlūn “pale” ✧ EtyAC/LUG²


  • ᴹQ. luina “pale” ✧ EtyAC/LUY
  • ᴹQ. lúne “blue, blue, [ᴱQ.] deep blue” ✧ Ety/LUG²


  • ᴹ✶lugni “blue” ✧ Ety/LUG²
    • ᴹ√LUG “*blue” ✧ Ety/LUG²
  • ᴹ√LUG “*blue” ✧ EtyAC/LUY

Element in

Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶lugni > luin[lugni] > [lugne] > [luine] > [luin]✧ Ety/LUG²
ᴹ✶lugni > lūn[lugni] > [lugne] > [lūne] > [lūn]✧ Ety/LUG²


  • luin ✧ Ety/LUG² (Dor. luin); EtyAC/LUY (Dor. luin)
  • lūn ✧ EtyAC/LUG² (Dor. lūn)
Doriathrin [Ety/LUG²; EtyAC/LUG²; EtyAC/LUY] Group: Eldamo. Published by