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_ theon. _Starkindler (in past). >> thoniel

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:82] < ? + THAN kindle. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by


noun. star-kindler

gîl (pl. of gîl “star, bright spark”) + thóniel (perf. act. part. of than- “kindle, set light to”) #[HKF] it is possible that iel is just iell “daughter” [Etym. SEL-D] traditional ending for women’s names.

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theon.'Star-kindler'. Q. Tintalle. THĂN/THĀN << TÁN << TON; ÑGIL << GIL.

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:23] < ÑGIL+THĂN/THĀN kindle. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by


feminine name. Star-kindler

A title of Elbereth (LotR/238) translated “Star-kindler” (RGEO/64, Let/278), the equivalent of Q. Tintallë (MR/388). This name is a combination of gil “star”, a derivative of the root √THAN “kindle” and the feminine suffix -iel (PE17/22-3, MR/388).

Conceptual Development: The name N. Gilthoniel appeared in The Etymologies from the 1930s with essentially the same derivation as the one given above, except that the middle element was from the root ᴹ√TAN “make, fashion”, and the gloss was “Star-maker” (Ety/GIL, TAN). When this name first appeared in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, it was Gilthonieth, a form that also appeared in The Etymologies, but it was soon revised to Gilthoniel (RS/68). In some notes from the 1950s, Tolkien considered the possibility that the final element thoniel was a special past-tense agental formation meaning “kindler (in the past)” (PE17/82).


Element in


gil“star; (bright) spark, silver glint, twinkle of light”
THAN“kindle, set light to, fire, light”
-iel“daughter; feminine suffix”


  • gilthoniel ✧ LB/354
  • Gil-thoniel ✧ RGEO/64
Sindarin [LB/354; Let/278; LotR/0238; LotR/0729; LotRI/Elbereth; LotRI/Gilthoniel; MR/388; MRI/Gilthoniel; PE17/022; PE17/023; PE17/082; RGEO/63; RGEO/64; RGEO/65] Group: Eldamo. Published by



(pl. thonil). Isolated from Varda’s title Gilthoniel, Star-kindler.