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.)
masculine name. Elwë
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, the leader of the third tribe of Elves was named Sol. Ellu (LT1/155), though at this early stage the character was distinct from the contemporanerous character that would develop into Thingol (G. Tinwelint). The name changed to (Telerin?) Elu with one l in very early Silmarillion drafts (SM/13, 85), and was given the Qenya cognate of ᴱQ. Elwe.
In the Annals of Beleriand from the 1930s, ᴹQ. Elwe was identified as the brother of Thingol (SM/264) and so remained in Silmarillion drafts of that period (LR/217). In The Etymologies, ᴹQ. Elwe was first derived from the root √ƷEL “sky”, with a later note indicating it should be transferred to √EL “star” (Ety/ƷEL). It was not until Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s that this name was assigned to Thingol, at which point his brother was renamed to Q. Olwë (MR/82).
- S. Elu ✧ LBI/Elu; MRI/Elwë; PE17/189; PMI/Thingol; SI/Elu; SI/Elwë; UTI/Elu; MR/217; PM/369; VT41/08; WJI/Elwë
- Q. Elwë, aran Sindaron “Elwe, King of the Sindar” ✧ WJ/369
Word Gloss él “star” -wë “ancient name suffix (usually but not always masculine)”
- Elwe ✧ VT41/08; WJ/369
Elenwë fem. name *"Star-person" (Silm)
elwë, aran sindaron
Elwe, King of the Sindar
- Elwe, Aran Sindaron ✧ WJ/369
ossë noun "terror" (GOS/GOTH). In the pre-classical Tengwar system presupposed in the Etymologies, ossë was also the name of a Tengwa similar in shape to Roman c, which in a full-vowel mode apparently had the value o. (VT45:15; 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 Elwë (q.v.) and is assigned the value e.)
Ossë noun name of a Maia, adopted and adapted from Valarin (WJ:400), though connected with the common noun ossë "terror" in Etym (GOS/GOTH)