Sindarin 


noun. lock of hair

A noun appearing in 1967 notes on the Nomenclature of the Lord of the Rings as an element in Finglas “Leaflock” (RC/760). The form fineg appeared unglossed in notes from around 1965 as a derivative of ✶phinik (PE17/17). The word fing is more obscure than S. find of similar meaning.

Conceptual Development: The word G. fingl or finnil “a tress” appeared in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/35). In that period, the gl was probably the result of the sound change whereby ðl became gl, since this early form was likely derived from the root ᴱ√FIŘI [FIÐI] (QL/38). When it first appeared, the name N. Finglas (= find + las?) may also have had a similar sound change, but since Tolkien abandoned that phonetic rule in Sindarin of the 1950s and 60s (compare S. edlenn vs. N. eglenn “exiled”), Tolkien needed to come up with a new etymology.


  • Q. finca “[unglossed]” ✧ PE17/017


  • phinik ✧ PE17/017
    • SPIN(ID) “fine thread, filament; hair” ✧ PE17/017

Element in

  • S. Finglas “Leaflock” ✧ RC/760

Phonetic Developments

finik/fink > fineg[pʰinika] > [ɸinika] > [ɸineka] > [fineka] > [finek] > [fineg]✧ PE17/017


  • fineg ✧ PE17/017
Sindarin [PE17/017; RC/760] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. lock of hair

Sindarin [Finglas "Leaflock" RC/386] Group: SINDICT. Published by


lock of hair

fing (no distinct pl. form)


lock of hair

find (tress). Construct fin; no distinct pl. form; coll pl. finnath



agor (analogical pl. egyr). In archaic S agr.