Thursday, April 15, 2010
Violet, in my words
The Illunse word for the color violet is hacwin. Hacwin is an unusual word.
This word is a mixture of the Latin word for violet (or a purplish blue) which is hyacinthinus and the Old English word for a dark color which can be violet hǽwen (blue, purple, azure, green), which I transliterate to haewen.
It's perhaps a bit of a stretch to construct this word for violet. The Latin and Old English words that I'm using are not all that common.
I didn't use the Latin word purpura, which is like our word purple, because that word is for Tyrian purple - also known as royal purple or imperial purple - which is actually more of a dark red or maroon color.
I didn't find any words for the color violet in Sindarin or Quenya.