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Old 29 May 2009, 17:17   #213
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I am Arda.

In real-world terms, Tolkien's inspiration for the word Arda may be certain cognates of the English word "Earth" in the other Germanic languages, specifically the Afrikaans "Aarde" which has equivalent pronunciation and meaning, and unsurprising in use given Tolkien's South African origins. Other Germanic cognates include the Dutch Aarde, and German Erde, though these are not direct sources, but rather tangential linguistically. Also similar is the Arabic word "Ard" which means land or earth. It may be that Tolkien conceived the Elvish word Arda as the fictional pre-historic source of such words in later Mannish languages.
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