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oondo'meh
Meaning
'Evening twilight'1
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Undómë

The evening twilight

One of the Elves' names for the hour of star-opening at the end of the day: that is, dusk. Undómë was the Quenya name for this time, with the Sindarin equivalent being aduial. There was also a poetic Mannish translation, Evendim (that is, the dim light of evening). This word is the source of Arwen's surname Undómiel, which translates as 'Evenstar'.


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The etymological origins of the word undómë are not completely obvious, except that -dómë means 'twilight' (with a connection to lómë, 'night'). The equivalent term for morning twilight was tindómë, which was explicitly 'starry twilight', but the meaning of un- in undómë is not so directly explained. It perhaps relates to a word for 'down' (presumably relating to sunset in this context), but that interpretation is far from certain.

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Aduial, Morrowdim

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