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    The meaning of "Anariel"

    Hello everybody!

    I was wondering if the name Anariel has any meaning in Hebrew? It's a name invented by J.R.R. Tolkien and it means "daughter of the sun" in Quenya, one of the Elvish languages invented by Tolkien.

    Recently somebody has pointed out to me that the suffix "-el" means "God" in Hebrew. Is that correct? If so, what would be the meaning of the whole word?

    Thanks a lot for all suggestions!

    Janusz

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    Re: The meaning of "Anariel"

    I don't think there's any Hebrew root that sounds like Anar (e.g. ענר or אנר).

    Similarly, Tolkien's other Hebrew-sounding invented names are not Hebrew in origin (e.g. Galadriel, which also has the -el suffix, or Rohirrim, which uses the Hebrew masculine plural im).

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    Re: The meaning of "Anariel"

    Quote Originally Posted by kopo View Post
    I don't think there's any Hebrew root that sounds like Anar (e.g. ענר or אנר).
    Actually the name ענר (pronounced `aner, long "a" long "e") is biblical. In Genesis 14:13 it's the name of a certain Emorite man, in 1 Chronicles 6:55 it's a town in the Half Tribe of Menashe (I am not sure which of the two halves).

    Also, Anne/Anna is the pronounciation of Hebrew חנה in many European languages and like Ariel appears in the Bible. Combine them together and you get Anariel.

    Yet I agree that Anariel is not likely derived directly from Hebrew. Maybe JRR wanted it to have such sound. He could make it Anarallah for Arabic or Anarbaal for Punic appearence .

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    Re: The meaning of "Anariel"

    el is not a root in any of Tolkien's languages; The correct root is riel, which means Queen

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    Re: The meaning of "Anariel"

    Quote Originally Posted by LibraryTechChick View Post
    el is not a root in any of Tolkien's languages; The correct root is riel, which means Queen
    In which language?

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    Re: The meaning of "Anariel"

    Why elfish of course...
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    Re: The meaning of "Anariel"

    How come I didn't think about that myself?
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