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Hethlin of Anorien
February, 25 2006
I know CMC's a done deal, but since I intend to give it a thorough editing in the future, I'll include it in this thread, as well as make this a place for any other Heth questions not appropriate for the Silver Swan thread.
Imrahil has orange trees so maybe she knows the colour but not it's origions
Sure, if Isabeau decides that there were mangos, peppers, or other orange-colored foods or objects in northern Gondor, it's entirely possible that Hethlin was familiar with the color without ever having seen the fruit after which it was named.
But realistically it's unlikely that the color word would derive from the fruit if there were pre-existing/more common exemplars of that color. The point is that in northern climates before modern times, naturally occurring instances of that color were very rare. That's why in English there wasn't a word for that color prior to the introduction of the fruit. It is *the* prototype of the color.
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