name. Elves of the Light, (lit.) Light Elves
This term was used for Elves who saw the light of the two trees in Valinor (S/53). Later the meaning was extended to include the Elves of Beleriand (the Sindar) who also opposed Morgoth (WJ/373). It is a compound of cala “light” and the plural form Quendi of the term Quendë “Elf” (WJ/361).
Conceptual Development: The early term ᴱQ. kalmar “child of day or light” (QL/44) might be the first precursor to this name. A similar term ᴹQ. Kalamor “Light-elves” appeared in a discussion of the branches of the Elves in the 1930s, along with ᴹQ. Kalaqendi (LR/197). Both these terms appeared in the Etymologies (Ety/KAL), though Christopher Tolkien incorrectly indicated that Kalamor was Noldorin rather than Quenya (EtyAC/KAL).