Quenya zR5Ì#


proper name. one of the wise folk, Gnome

An Elf of the second tribe, known as “The Wise” (WJ/383). Their name developed from the primitive root √ÑGOL¹ having to do with wisdom (PM/360, WJ/383).

Conceptual Development: The name ᴱQ. Noldo dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, and in the Qenya Lexicon from the 1910s, where it already had the derivation given above (QL/67). In Tolkien’s earlier writings, he often translated this name as “Gnome”, in the sense of the Greek origin of this word (having to do with thought and wisdom) rather than that of a dwarf-like creature. This translation of ᴹQ. Noldo continued to appear in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/201), but became less common in Tolkien’s later writings, and was not used in the published version of The Silmarillion.

In Tolkien’s earliest writings, the plural form of this word was usually ᴱQ. Noldoli (LT1/21), but by the 1930s this had been replaced by ᴹQ. Noldor (LR/119), the form that was used thereafter.

In notes from the 1950s, Tolkien considered an alternate etymology of this name from the root √ÑGOL² “dark-hued, dark-brown” referring to their dark hair (PE17/125), just as the tribal name of the Vanya referred to their fair hair. Presumably he considered this alternate origin because the newly-awakened Noldor would not yet have been known for their wisdom, but there is no evidence that this alternate etymology was anything other than a transient idea.

Quenya [LBI/Noldor.001; Let/176.3912; LotR/1123.0304; LotR/1123.0306; LotRI/Eldar.027; LotRI/Noldor.001; MR/230.4004; MR/350.1501; MR/350.1609; MR/470.3303; MRI/Noldor.001; MRI/Noldor.004; PE17/086.3402; PE17/125.1602; PE17/153.0704; PE18/073.0509; PE19/076.1907; PM/030.1805; PM/360.0610; PMI/Noldor.001; PMI/Noldor.004; RC/736.1007; S/087.2708-1; SA/golodh.008; SA/gûl.021; SI/Golodhrim.011; SI/Noldor.001; SI/Noldor.023; UTI/Noldor.001; UTI/Noldor.003; VT39/16.0707; VT39/16.2808-1; WJ/364.3507; WJ/380.2002; WJ/383.1901; WJ/383.2908; WJI/Goldo.003; WJI/Golodh.008; WJI/Noldor.001; WJI/Noldor.004] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. Noldo

Noldo, Gnome

Quenya [PE 18:40 PE 19:76] Group: Mellonath Daeron. Published by

Sindarin iT2#7T5


noun. Noldo, one of the wise folk, Noldo, the Wise
Sindarin [MR/350.1702; PE17/126.2302-1; PE17/126.2306; PE17/126.2309; PE17/153.0706; PM/360.0704; S/238.2105; SA/golodh.001; SA/golodh.012; SA/golodh.014; SA/rim.015; SI/Golodhrim.001; SI/Golodhrim.004; SI/Noldor.025; WJ/364.3401; WJ/364.3403; WJ/379.0403; WJ/379.0405; WJ/383.2912; WJ/383.2913; WJI/Golodh.001; WJI/Golodh.003; WJI/Golodh.004; WJI/Noldor.014] Group: Eldamo. Published by

* golodh


(one of the Noldor) Golodh (i **Ngolodh = i Ñolodh, o N**golodh = o Ñgolodh), pl. Gelydh (in Gelydh = i Ñgelydh), coll. pl. Golodhrim. While Golodh is the actual Sindarin cognate of Quenya Noldo, the Noldor themselves apparently found this form unpleasing (WJ:379) and preferred the word Gódhel (i **Ódhel), pl. Gódhil (i Ngódhil = i Ñódhil), coll. pl. Gódhellim. Also Ódhel, pl. Ódhil, coll. pl. Ódhelllim** (WJ:364, 378-9). Adj.

Telerin 1RjR7T5


noun. Noldo
Telerin [PM/360.0702; WJ/383.2910; WJI/Goldo.001; WJI/Noldor.015] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Nandorin 5#2^7T5

* golda

adjective. noldo

The primitive form of Quenya Noldo (and hence also Nandorin golda) is given in WJ:364, 380 as ñgolodô. This example demonstrates that in Nandorin, like in Quenya, the second of two identical vowels in adjacent syllables is lost in words that had another syllable following the lost vowel. This word alone provides a clear example of the change of primitive final _-ô to -a_. The form golda also suggests that in Nandorin as in Sindarin, the original initial nasalized stops ñg, nd, mb were simplified to g, d, b, though examples for d and b are lacking in our very small corpus. The stems involved are found in LR:377: ÑGOL "wise" and the extended form ÑGOLOD "one of the wise folk". Ñgolodô is thus either formed from ÑGOL by ómataina (suffixed base-vowel), suffixed D and the nominal (often masculine or agental) ending , alternatively simply the longer ending -dô (of similar meaning) suffixed to the ómataina-form of the stem ÑGOL (sc. ñgolo-).

Nandorin [H. Fauskanger (WJ:364, 377, 380)] < ÑGOL/ÑGOLOD. Published by

* edel

noun. Elda, High-elf

Stated in the Etymologies to be derived from a stem ÉLED (LR:356), defined as "Star-folk"; Tolkien points out that Doriathrin and Danian used a "transposed" form, clearly referring to the sounds L and D changing place. In Etym the development is apparently meant to be eledâ (this primitive form is explicitly given in Letters:281) > edela > edel. Later Tolkien reconstructed the primitive form of Quenya Elda as eldâ (WJ:360); whether this could regularly yield Nandorin edel is doubtful, unless final -ld metathesized to -dl and a vowel developed to break up this final cluster.

In Etym, Tolkien first gave the Nandorin form as elda, then changed it. *Eledâ could not yield elda, since final is regularly lost in Nandorin. Since in this word we do not see loss of the second of two identical vowels (compare golda), we must conclude that final -a was lost before this could happen.

Nandorin [H. Fauskanger (Letters:281, LR:356)] < ÉLED. Published by

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Qenya zR5Ì#


proper name. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Qenya [Ety/ÑGOLOD.009; EtyAC/ÑGOL.037; LBI/Golodh.006; LR/119.4102; LR/119.4106; LR/168.3805; LRI/Noldoli.001; LRI/Noldoli.004; LRI/Noldor.001; PE18/023.0804; PE18/040.1201; PE19/036.0306; PE19/036.0909; PE19/058.2403; PE21/08.2007; PE22/019.0105; PE22/019.1902; PE22/022.1311; PE22/051.0307; PE22/051.0308; RSI/Noldor.001; SDI2/Noldor.001; SM/085.0406; SMI/Golodh.006; SMI/Noldor.001; SMI/Noldor.003; TI/167.2208; TII/Noldor.001; WRI/Noldor.001] Group: Eldamo. Published by



noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Doriathrin Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome

A Doriathrin name for the ᴹQ. Noldo from the same primitive root ᴹ√ÑGÓLOD (Ety/ÑGOLOD). In the entry for ÑGOLOD in the Etymologies, it appeared as (n)gold, indicating a variation of the usual rule that initial [ŋg] became [g] in Ilkorin. The second [o] of the primitive form was lost due to the Ilkorin syncope. Its genitive form golda also appeared as an element in the name Goldamir “*Noldo-jewel” = Silmaril.

Doriathrin [Ety/ÑGOLOD.022; Ety/ÑGOLOD.049-1] Group: Eldamo. Published by



noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome

A noun glossed “one of the wise folk, Gnome” developed from the root ᴹ√ÑGOLOD (Ety/ÑGOLOD), most likely from primitive *✶ñgolodō given its cognates. It is an example of the Danian syncope, with second unstressed [o] vanishing after the identical vowel. It is also one of the Danian words for which a long final vowel developed into short final [a]. Finally, it provides an example of how initial nasals vanished before stops.

Ossriandric [Ety/ÑGOLOD.024] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Old Noldorin


noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Old Noldorin [Ety/ÑGOLOD.011; PE21/58.2307] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Middle Primitive Elvish


root. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/ÑGOLOD.001; EtyAC/ÑGOL.031; PE18/034.0411; PE18/040.1206; PE18/061.1206; PE18/061.1508] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Middle Telerin


noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Middle Telerin [Ety/ÑGOLOD.020] Group: Eldamo. Published by



noun. Gnome, wise one
Gnomish [GG/08.0901; GG/08.0903; GG/08.2503; GG/13.0601; GG/15.1101; GG/15.1201; GG/15.1301; GL/17.0104; GL/41.1101; GL/41.1701; LBI/Golda.001; LT1A/Noldoli.079; PE13/099.0903; PE13/099.0904; PE13/117.0401; PE13/117.0405; PE13/117.0406; PE13/117.0503; PE13/117.0504; PE13/117.0601; PE13/117.0603; PE13/117.0604; PE13/117.1101; PE13/117.1102; PE13/117.1103; PE13/117.1201; PE13/117.1202; PE13/117.1203; PE13/117.1301; PE13/117.1302; PE13/117.1303; PE13/117.1801; PE13/117.1803; PE13/117.1804; PE13/117.2107; PE13/117.2203; PE13/117.2301; PE13/117.2302; PE13/117.2303; PE13/117.2304; PE14/009.0906; PE14/009.0907] Group: Eldamo. Published by