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luine (pl. luini) is a Quenya word meaning "blue".[1]

The word occurred mainly in Noldorin Quenya; the Vanyar in their dialect used ulban for blue, adopted and adapted from Valarin.[2]


[edit] Examples

  • Vardo tellumar nu luini "beneath the blue vaults of Varda" (Namárië)

[edit] Cognates

[edit] Other versions

In some linguistic manuscripts, Tolkien experimented with luine being a cognate of Sindarin duin ("river"), but noted that luine as meaning "river" was not used. Patrick H. Wynne has suggested that luine meaning "river" perhaps only survived in compounds as -duinë (cf. Nunduinë).[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 66
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, p. 31