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west, the way of the sunset

númen noun "west, the way of the sunset" (SA:andúnë, cf. NDŪ, MEN; capitalized Númen under SA:men and in CO), "going down, occudent" (Letters:361), also name of tengwa #17 _(Appendix E). _According to VT45:38, the word is actually cited as "nú-men" in Tolkien's Etymologies manuscript. Allative númenna "Westward" (LR:47, SD:310, VT49:20, capitalized Númenna, VT49:22; numenna with a short u, VT49:23); adj. númenquerna "turned westward" (VT49:18, 20). See also númenyaron, númessier. - In the pre-classical Tengwar system presupposed in the Etymologies, "nú-men" was intended as the name of tengwa #21, to which letter Tolkien at this stage assigned the value n (VT45:38). However, this tengwa was later given the Quenya value r instead and was renamed órë.


noun. west, direction or region of the sunset, occident, (lit.) going down


  • S. dûn “west” ✧ LotR/1123; PE17/018; SA/andúnë
  • S. annûn “sunset, west; (lit.) going down” ✧ LotR/1123; PE17/018
  • Ad. adûn “west, westward” ✧ PE17/018; SA/andúnë


  • NDU “down, under, below; sink, descend, go down, down, under, below; sink, descend, go down, [ᴹ√] set (of Sun)” ✧ Let/361; SA/andúnë

Element in


nú-“going down, setting (of sun), west”
men“way, way; [ᴹQ.] place, spot”

Phonetic Developments

NDU > núme[ndūme] > [nūme]✧ Let/361
NDU > númen[ndūmen] > [nūmen]✧ Let/361
ndu > númen[ndūmen] > [nūmen]✧ SA/andúnë


  • núme ✧ Let/361
  • Núme(n) ✧ PE17/016; PE17/064
  • nūme ✧ PE17/018; PE17/125
  • nūmen ✧ PE17/018; PE17/125
  • Númen ✧ SA/men; UT/305; UT/317
Quenya [Let/361; LotR/1123; PE17/016; PE17/018; PE17/064; PE17/125; SA/andúnë; SA/men; UT/305; UT/317; VT49/20; VT49/22] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. west