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[edit] Etymology

Since it is claimed, here goes... (change the US/UK if it's bothering the rest of the article, and the ref numbers too)

Arnor was the colloquial name for the North Kingdom. The North Kingdom, as the land was called at its conception, was also known as Turmen Follondiéva in Quenya and Arthor na Forlonnas in Sindarin. These names quickly fell out of use, in favour of Arnor: the Land of the King, so called for the kingship of Elendil, and to seal its precedence over the southern realm. In full, poetic Sindarin, it was called Arannor, which mirrored its Quenya name, Arandórë[1]. Though technically Arandórë would have a Sindarin form Ardor, Tolkien chose Arnor because it sounded better. This linguistic change was ascribed to a later, Mannish development of Sindarin.[2].

And for the references:

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in The Lord of the Rings" (edited by Christopher Gilson), published in Parma Eldalamberon 17 (July 2007), page 28
  2. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347 (December 17, 1972); see also The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion page 17

How's that? -- Ederchil 07:47, 7 August 2008 (EDT)

Thank you very much for your contribution.--Theoden1 19:13, 9 August 2008 (EDT)