Quenya 


place name. (Land of the) Valley of Singing Gold

The full Quenya name of S. Lórien (UT/253), appearing in the even longer Entish description of that land: Laurelindórenan lindelorendor malinornélion ornemalin (LotR/467). The name is a combination of the elements laurë “gold”, lin(dë) “singing”, -ndor “land” and the suffix -nan “valley” (Let/448, UT/253). This name was crafted by Galadriel, and was an allusion to the Golden Tree of Valinor, Laurelin (UT/253).

Conceptual Development: This name appeared as Laurelindórinan in the first edition of The Lord of the Rings, revised to Laurelindórenan in the second (SD/73). It also appeared in a shorter variant Laurelindórë “Land of Singing Gold” (PE17/80). It seems that when Tolkien first conceived of this name, it was merely an extended, Enticized version of Lórien (PE17/80). The idea that it was the full name coined by Galadriel came later, as Tolkien further developed the etymological history of S. Lórien (UT/253).

Element in


laurë“gold (light or colour)”
lindë“singing, song, musical sound, singing, song, musical sound; [ᴹQ.] air, tune”
-ndor“land, country”
nan(do)“(wide) valley, vale, (wide) valley, vale; [ᴹQ.] water-mead, watered plain; [ᴱQ.] woodland”


  • Laurelindórinan ✧ Let/448; PE17/048; UT/253; UTI/Laurelindorinan; UTI/Lórien²
  • Laureline-nan(do) ✧ NM/351
  • Laure-ndóre ✧ NM/351
  • Laure-linde ✧ NM/351
  • laurelindórinan ✧ PE17/080; PE17/080
  • laurelindóre ✧ PE17/080; PE17/080
  • laurelindorinan ✧ PE17/080
Quenya [Let/448; LotR/0467; LotRI/Laurelindórenan; LotRI/Lothlórien; NM/351; PE17/048; PE17/080; SDI1/Laurelindórenan; UT/253; UTI/Laurelindorinan; UTI/Lórien²] Group: Eldamo. Published by