The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 4 June 2016
  • Updates planned: 1

Senya

Isildur’s address to his son

After the defeat of Sauron at the end of the Second Age, the victorious Isildur, now High King of the Realms in Exile, set out for Annúminas with his elder sons and the captured Ring. As they journeyed north, the King's company was waylaid by a horde of Orcs, and Isildur's eldest son Elendur urged his father to use Sauron's Ring, addressing him as atarinya, or 'my father'. In response Isildur explained that he could not control the Ring's power, using the word senya to address his son.

The word senya is not explained, and remains something of a mystery. From the context of its sole known use, 'my son' would seem a likely translation, but that would normally be onya, which is indeed the word seen in similar situations elsewhere. The Elvish root sen- is normally connected with resting or being at peace, so hardly seems to apply in this frantic situation. One possible interpretation would be 'my child' (via Quenya seldo, 'child') though it is impossible to be sure whether this was Tolkien's actual intention.


Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 4 June 2016
  • Updates planned: 1

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Website services kindly sponsored by Axiom Software Ltd and myDISCprofile.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2016. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Menu
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry