Word of the Day: Onnalumë is the term for ‘Time of the Children,’ as told in The Nature of Middle Earth. It is the time in which the Elven folk are able to bear children. It came from Onna ‘child’ and lumë ‘time.’
Onnalumë in the legendarium
It is a continuous series of 12-60 years. As one growth year is 12 löar, and the unit was different in the Quendi than it was in the men. An elven-year, 1 yên, is 144 MY.
However, this speed of growth and aging rate had nothing to do with perception of time – time passed quickly when beings are occupied with things that enjoy them, and bring them good health.
The Quendi actually lived and moved faster than Men – though it definitely depended on the time scale. To a Man, the Elves spoke and moved fast, but it didn’t affect the quality of their actions.
Parents were aware of the growth, and expect the child to be born – as they were achieved by a expense of a higher hröa and fėa than Men. The Elves didn’t enter into Onnalumë when dealing with tough troubles or wandering.