-dilsuffix. -lover, -friend
-dil, -ndil, ending that Tolkien likened to Old English "-wine", sc. "-friend" as part of names, e.g. Elendil, Eärendil (NIL/NDIL); see the entry -ndil. Also long -dildo (VT46:4), and possibly -(n)dilmë as the corresponding feminine form (see Vardilmë).
-ndil (also -dil) ending occurring in many names, like Amandil, Eärendil; it implies devotion or disinterested love and may be translated "friend" (SA:(noun)dil); this ending is "describing the attitude of one to a person, thing, course or occupation to which one is devoted for its own sake" (Letters:386). Compare -ndur. It is unclear whether the names derived with the ending -ndil are necessarily masculine, though we have no certain example of a woman's name in -ndil; the name Vardilmë (q.v.) may suggest that the corresponding feminine ending is -(n)dilmë.
-nil, final element in compounds, similar in meaning to Old English "-wine", sc. "-friend" as an element in names (NIL/NDIL). Also long -nildo (VT46:4). Variant of -ndil. In Eärnil, contraction of Earendil.
-nilsuffix. -lover, -friend
Element in: Q. Eärnil
-(n)dilsuffix. disinterested love, devotion, friend, -lover, -friend
Variations of the word: -nil, dil, -(n)dil.
Element in: Q. Aiwendil, Q. Aldanil, Q. Amandil, Q. Anardil, Q. arandil, Q. Atandil, Q. Firindil, Q. Aulendil, Q. Ciryandil, Q. Eärendil, Q. Eärnil, Q. Eldandil, Q. Elendil, Q. Mámandil, Q. Manwendil, Q. Mardil, Q. Meneldil, Q. meneldil, Q. Minardil, Q. Nendili, Q. Nolondil, Q. Númendil, Q. Ornendil, Q. Oromendil, Q. Quendil, Q. Siriondil, Q. Telumendil, Q. Uinendili, Q. Vardilmë, Q. Vorondil
-ndur (also -dur), ending in some names, like Eärendur; as noted by Christopher Tolkien in the Silmarillion Appendix it has much the same meaning as -ndil "friend"; yet -ndur properly means "servant of" (SA:(noun)dil), "as one serves a legitimate master: cf. Q. arandil king's friend, royalist, beside arandur 'king's servant, minister'. But these often coincide: e.g. Sam's relation to Frodo can be viewed either as in status -ndur, in spirit -ndil." (Letters:286)
nildo noun "friend" (apparently masc.; contrast nildë) (NIL/NDIL)
nildë noun "friend" (fem.) (NIL/NDIL)
nilmo noun "friend" (apparently masc.) (NIL/NDIL)
-ser noun "friend" (SER)
meldo noun "friend, lover". _(VT45:34, quoting a deleted entry in the Etymologies, but cf. the pl. #_meldor in Eldameldor "Elf-lovers", WJ:412) **Meldonya *"my friend" (VT49:38, 40). It may be that meldo is the distinctly masculine form, corresponding to feminine #meldë** (q.v.)
[heldo, also helmo, fem. heldë, noun "friend" (VT46:3)]
#meldë noun "friend", feminine (meldenya "my friend" in the Elaine inscription [VT49:40], Tolkien referring to Elaine Griffiths). Compare meldo.
málonoun. friend, comrade
málo noun "friend" (MEL, VT49:22)
[sondo noun "friend" (VT46:15)]
sermo noun "friend" (evidently masc., since sermë is stated to be fem.) (SER)
sermë noun "friend" (fem.) (SER)
seron noun "friend" (SER)
noun. friend, lover
Word Form Gloss Source meldonya 1st-sg-poss *my friend VT49/40.0401 meldor plural lovers, friends WJ/412.2406
Element in: Q. Eldameldor