Sindarin 


noun. 'Sunlit foam'

_prop.n. _lit. 'Sunlit foam', name of a white horse. The original meaning is uncertain. >> ast, faloth

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:18] < _ast-faloth_. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by


masculine name. Sunlit Foam

The horse of Glorfindel (LotR/213). In Tolkien’s notes on Words, Phrases and Passages from the Lord of the Rings from the late 1950s or early 1960s, he translated this name as “Sunlit Foam”, a compound of ast “light or heat of the sun” and faloth “large foamy wave” (PE17/18). He immediately rejected this etymology, stating that “Q. áze is from √GAS”, so that its Sindarin cognate would be ✱gast, not ast.

Elsewhere, however, Tolkien derived Q. árë “sunlight” < áze < √AS “warmth” (PE17/145, 148; VT43/18). If this is the correct root instead of √GAS, perhaps S. ast (and the translation of the name of Asfaloth) could be considered valid as well.

Conceptual Development: When this name first appeared Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, it was already in the form N. Asfaloth (RS/368).

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ast“light or heat of the sun”
faloth“large foamy wave”
Sindarin [LotR/0213; LotRI/Asfaloth; PE17/018] Group: Eldamo. Published by

noro lim, noro lim asfaloth

run swift, run swift, Asfaloth


nor-“to run (or leap) of animals or men, to run (or leap) of animals or men; [G.] to roll [of vehicles]”
lim“quick, swift”
Asfaloth“Sunlit Foam”


  • noro lim, noro lim Asfaloth! ✧ LotR/0213
Sindarin [LotR/0213; PE17/018] Group: Eldamo. Published by