name. Elrond

Lord of Rivendell (LotR/170). His name is translated “Star-dome” (Let/448, WJ/414), a combination of êl “star” and rond “vaulted roof” (SA/rond, WJ/414).
Conceptual Development: The name Elrond first appeared in early Silmarillion drafts from the late 1920s (SM/38) and was first published in the Hobbit in 1937. His name appeared in the Etymologies from the 1930s in two forms: Noldorin Elrond “Starry-dome” (Ety/EL) and Ilkorin Elrond “Vault of Heaven” (Ety/ROD), both with essentially the same etymology as his later Sindarin name. In a few places Tolkien considered alternate etymologies for this name: in his notes on “Words, Phrases and Passages from The Lord of the Rings” from the 1950s-60s, he suggested the final element might be rhond “body” (PE17/183), and in a letter to Rhona Beare from 1958, he suggested the initial element might be archaic †Ell “Elf” (Let/281). Both of these seem to have been transient ideas.

[Let/281.3215, Let/282.0101, Let/448.1201, LotRI/Elrond.001, PE17/183.0407, PMI/Elrond.001, SA/rond.032, SDI2/Elrond.001, SI/Elrond.001, UTI/Elrond.001, WJ/414.3209, WJI/Elrond.001] Group: Eldamo. Published by



name. Elrond, (lit.) Star-dome

Probably the Quenya name of S. Elrond, attested only in the names Elerondiel and (rejected) Elerondorel for his daughter Arwen (PE17/56). These two names probably meant “*Daughter of Elrond”. The name Elerondo was therefore probably a compound of elen “star” and rondo¹ “vaulted roof”, a direct translation of S. Elrond. The final -n of elen was probably assimilated to the r, which also happened in the names Elerossë and Elerrína.

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