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[[maen]] maen
_mae_ mae
~minno~ minno
`idhron` idhron

Credits & Sources

Parf Edhellen imported its definition from the excellent dictionaries listed below. Please note that discrepancies from the source material can arise while importing.

Eldamo is perhaps the best, most comprehensive source for Tolkien's languages to date. Maintained by Paul Strack. v. 0.5.2.
Quettaparma Quenyallo
The best Quenya lexicon maintained by Helge Fauskanger, presented alongside his excellent course work material on Ardalambion.
Sindarin lexicon maintained by Helge Fauskanger.
Hiswelókë's Sindarin Dictionary
A dictionary project initiated by Didier Willis and maintained by the SinDict community, ancient, yet still legendary.
Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus
A big thank-you to David Giraudeau for contributing with his compilation of Sindarin words from Parma Eldalamberon 17. You can find the original over here.
Mellonath Daeron
Mellonath Daeron's contribution of glossaries from Parma Eldalamberon 18 and 19, and their continuous feedback and encouragement.
Tolkiendil Compound Sindarin Names
Tolkiendil provides a consolidated list of Sindarin names examined and translated. Parf Edhellen is happy to house their excellent work.

We use Glaemscribe by Benjamin Babut for transcriptions. Mystic Art Design photoshopped the jumbotron's background, and the photograph of the roots used for the background was taken by tpsdave.

Black Speech, Nandorin, Noldorin, Quendya, Quenya, Sindarin, Telerin are languages conceived by Tolkien and they do not belong to us; we neither can nor do claim affiliation with Middle-earth Enterprises nor Tolkien Estate.