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Elenwë fem. name *"Star-person" (Silm)


feminine name. Elenwë

The wife of Turgon who perished in the crossing of the Helcaraxë (S/90, PM/345). This name is probably a compound elen “star” and the common suffix in names: -wë. This suffix was usually but not always used in masculine names (PM/340). Tolkien designated an earlier version of this character (then named Anairë) as Vanyarin (WJ/323). If Elenwë remained Vanyarin, then perhaps the use of -wë in female names was more common in that tribe.


-wë“ancient name suffix (usually but not always masculine)”
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Elwë masc. name, *"Star-person" (PM:340, WJ:369, WEG, VT45:12). In the pre-classical Tengwar system presupposed in the Etymologies, Elwë was also the name of a Tengwa similar in form to Roman c, which in a full-vowel mode denoted a (short) e. (VT45:17; in the Sindarin "Mode of Beleriand", exemplified in the LotR itself, this letter has the value a instead. Elsewhere in the Etymologies itself, this symbol is called Ossë [q.v.] and is assigned the value o.)



- a suffix occurring in many personal names, generally but not exclusively masculine (Elenwë is the sole certain example of a fem. name with this ending); it is derived from a stem simply meaning "person" (PM:340, WJ:399). In Etym, - is simply defined as an element that is frequent in masculine names, and it is there derived from a stem (WEG) having to do with "(manly) vigour".


person, an individual

nassë (1) "a person, an individual" (VT49:30). Also translated "true-being" (pl. nasser is attested), the inner "true" being of a person. With a pronominal suffix in the form nassentar "their true-being" (PE17:175, cf. -nta #2), in the source referring to the "true" spiritual nature of the Valar, as hidden within their visible shapes. The word nassentar would seem to be plural, *"their true-beings". Not to be confused with the verb nassë/násë "he/she is"; see #1.


person, somebody

-o (2), also -ó, "a person, somebody", pronominal suffix (PM:340)


person, somebody

námo (2) noun "a person, somebody" (PM:340 writers may prefer the synonym quén to avoid confusion with # 1)



The name contains elen meaning "star". The ending -wë means "person" and is peculiar since it is seen mostly in masculine names.

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