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vilya (word)

This article is about the Quenya word and the tengwa. For the Ring of Power, see Vilya.

vilya or wilya is a Quenya word meaning "air, sky".[1]

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[edit] Tengwa

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Vilya is also the name for the twenty-fourth letter of the Tengwar alphabet.[1] It is the fourth letter of the sixth grade or Tyellë, which contains "semi-vocalic" consonants and it is the sixth letter in the fourth series of consonants.[2] In early written Quenya this letter represented W when the letter was called Wilya. Over time this letter ceased to have a clear function. However, in the Mode of Beleriand (as seen in the West-gate of Moria inscription) Vilya is used for a following W in the diphthong iw.[3] The Westron name for this letter is 'Á.[4]

[edit] Etymology

In earlier Quenya, the word was wilma ("inner or lower air") and comes from the root WIL.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters", Note, The names of the letters
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  4. See Westron Tengwar.
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", WIL-