Quenya 

Lindar

singers

Lindar noun "Singers" (sg. Linda), what the Teleri called themselves (WJ:380, MR:349, UT:253, 286). It seems that Lindar is also interpreted "the Beautiful" (cf. the common adj. linda "fair, beautiful"), but this interpretation apparently belongs primarily to Tolkien's earlier conception, when Lindar was the name of the First Clan, the name of which he revised to Vanyar (similarly meaning "the Fair"). Adj. Lindarin = Telerin (but Tolkien of course held it to be = Vanyarin when the First Clan, the later Vanyar, were still called Lindar before he decided to apply this name to the third clan, the Teleri) (TĀ/TA3)

linda

fair, beautiful

linda adj. "fair, beautiful" (of sound) (SLIN, LIND; VT45:27), "soft, gentle, light" (PE16:96), "beautiful, sweet, melodious of sound" (PE17:150); for Linda as a noun, see Lindar.

linda

proper name. Singer

The name that the Teleri used to refer to themselves, usually appearing in the plural form Lindar and glossed “The Singers” (SI/Teleri, UT/286). They were so called because in legend, they sang before they could speak with words (WJ/382). The name was derived from the root √LIN “sing” (SA/lin, WJ/382).

Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name was used for the first tribe, with the gloss “The Fair” (LR/168). It usually appeared as a collective noun, but sometimes appeared in the singular (PE22/51). In The Etymologies, it is given as ᴹQ. linda “fair, beautiful (of sound)” used as a name (Ety/LIND). In later writings, the name of the first tribe became the Vanyar, and Tolkien repurposed this name as another name of the third tribe with a slightly different derivation and meaning.

Cognates

  • Nan. Lindē “Lindar” ✧ NM/347
  • S. Glinnel “*Singer-elf” ✧ WJI/Glinnel; WJ/378
  • T. Linda “Teler” ✧ WJ/382; WJI/Lindar

Derivations

  • LIN “sing, make a musical sound, sing, make a musical sound, [ᴱ√] gentle” ✧ SA/lin²
  • lindā “*sweet sounding” ✧ WJ/378; WJ/380; WJ/382

Element in

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
lin- > Lindar[lindar]✧ SA/lin²
Lindāi > Lindar[lindar]✧ WJ/378
lindā > Lindar[lindā] > [linda]✧ WJ/380
Lindā > Lindar[lindā] > [linda]✧ WJ/382
Quenya [MR/349; MRI/Lindar; NM/347; PE18/073; PMI/Lindar; SA/lin²; SI/Teleri; UT/253; UT/286; UTI/Lindar; WJ/378; WJ/380; WJ/382; WJI/Glinnel; WJI/Lindar] Group: Eldamo. Published by

lindo

singer, singing bird

lindo noun "singer, singing bird" (LIN2)

alima

fair, good

alima adj. "fair, good" (also alya) (PE17:146)

nyello

singer

nyello noun "singer" (NYEL). Compare the final element of Falanyel, #Solonyel, q.v

-ima

fair

-ima adjectival suffix. Sometimes it is used to derive simple adjectives, like vanima "fair" or calima "bright"; it can also take on the meaning "-able" (PE17:68), as in mátima "edible" (mat- "eat"), nótima "countable" (not- "count") and (with a negative prefix) úquétima "unspeakable" (from quet- "speak"). Note that the stem-vowel is normally lengthened in the derivatives where -ima means "-able", though this fails to occur in cenima "visible" (q.v., but contrast hraicénima, q.v.) and also before a consonant cluster as in úfantima "not concealable" (PE17:176). "X-ima" may mean "apt to X" (when the ending is added to an intransitive verbal stem), as in Fírimar "mortals", literally "those apt to die" (WJ:387). The adj. úfantima "not concealable" (PE17:176) also appears as úfantuma (PE17:180), indicating the existence of a variant ending -uma (possibly used to derive adjectives with a "bad" meaning; compare the ending *-unqua next to -inqua, q.v.)

vanya

fair

vanya (1) adj. "fair" (FS), "beautiful" (BAN), a word referring to beauty that is "due to lack of fault, or blemish" (PE17:150), hence Arda Vanya as an alternative to Arda Alahasta for "Arda Unmarred" (ibid., compare MR:254). Nominal pl. Vanyar "the Fair", the first clan of the Eldar; the original meaning of this stem was "pale, light-coloured, not brown or dark" (WJ:382, 383, stem given as WAN), "properly = white complexion and blonde hair" (PE17:154, stem given as GWAN); stems BAN vs. WAN discussed, see PE17:150.

vanë

fair

vanë adj. "fair" (LT1:272; in Tolkien's later Quenya rather vanya)

vanë

adjective. fair, fair, [ᴱQ.] lovely

Derivations

  • BAN “beauty (due to lack of fault or blemish); fair, beautiful” ✧ PE17/056

Element in

  • Q. úvanë(a) “without beauty”
  • Q. vanessë “beauty” ✧ PE17/056
  • Q. vanië “beauty” ✧ PE17/056
  • Q. vanima “beautiful, fair, beautiful, fair; [ᴱQ.] proper, right, as it should be, fair” ✧ PE17/056

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
BAN > vane[bani] > [bane] > [βane] > [vane]✧ PE17/056

Variations

  • vane ✧ PE17/056

alya

fair, good

alya (1) adj. "fair, good" (PE17:146), "prosperous, rich, abundant, blessed" (GALA). In a deleted entry in Etym, the glosses provided were "rich, blessed"; another deleted entry defined alya as "rich, prosperous, blessed". (GALA, [ÁLAM], VT42:32, 45:5, 14)

Sindarin 

lind

adjective. fair

Derivations

  • LIN “sing, make a musical sound, sing, make a musical sound, [ᴱ√] gentle”

Element in

  • S. Linhir “Fair Stream” ✧ RC/587

Variations

  • lin ✧ RC/587 (lin)

bain

fair

_ adj. _fair, good, blessed, wholesome, favourable, without evil/bad element, not dangerous, evil or hostile. bân or bain << bân pl. bain. >> bân

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:150] < BAN beauty, with implication that it is due to _lack of fault_ or _blemish_. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by

bân

adjective. fair

_ adj. _fair, good, wholesome, favourable, not dangerous, evil or hostile. bân or bain << bân pl. bain. >> bain

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:150] < BAN beauty, with implication that it is due to _lack of fault_ or _blemish_. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by

gwain

adjective. fair

adj. fair. . This gloss was rejected.

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:140] -. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by

gwân

adjective. fair

_ adj. _fair, pale.

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:165] < _gwan_ < GWAN pale, fair. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by

fael

adjective. fair minded, just, generous

Sindarin [PM/352] Etym. "having a good fëa". Group: SINDICT. Published by

lind

singer

(also used of rivers) lind (song, air, tune), no distinct pl. form, but coll. pl. linnath. (WJ.309). As for "yellow singer", the name of a bird, see YELLOWHAMMER.

linnor

noun. singer

Cognates

  • ᴹQ. lindo “singer, singing bird”

Elements

WordGloss
lind“song, chant, singing; singer, song, chant, singing, [N.] air, tune; [N. and S.] singer”
Sindarin Group: Eldamo - fan inventions. Published by

bain

fair

bain (beautiful). Lenited vain. No distinct pl. form.

Nandorin 

lindē

proper name. Lindar

Cognates

  • Q. Linda “Singer” ✧ NM/347

Element in

  • Nan. Norlindon “Land of the Lindar” ✧ NM/347

Primitive elvish

bani

adjective. fair

Element in

  • Q. vanië “beauty” ✧ PE17/057
  • Q. vanima “beautiful, fair, beautiful, fair; [ᴱQ.] proper, right, as it should be, fair” ✧ PE17/057

Variations

  • vanĭ ✧ PE17/057
Primitive elvish [PE17/057] Group: Eldamo. Published by

wanjā

adjective. fair

Derivations

  • (G)WAN “pale, fair” ✧ WJ/383

Derivatives

  • Q. Vanya “Fair Elves, the Fair” ✧ WJ/380; WJ/383
    • T. Vania “Vanya” ✧ WJ/383
Primitive elvish [WJ/380; WJ/383] Group: Eldamo. Published by

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Qenya 

melimar

collective name. Lindar

Another name for the Lindar appearing in The Etymologies from the 1930s (Ety/MEL), it is simply melima “loveable, fair” converted into a plural name.

Elements

WordGloss
melima“loveable, fair”

linda

proper name. Elf of Lindarin kindred

Element in

Variations

  • lhinda ✧ PE22/051 (lhinda)
  • linda ✧ PE22/051
Qenya [Ety/LIND; LR/112; LR/147; LR/165; LR/168; LR/171; LRI/Lindar; LRI/Qendi; LRI/Vanyar; MR/174; MRI/Lindar; PE22/051; PM/062; PMI/Lindar; RSI/Lindar; SM/086; SM/168; SMI/Lindar; TII/Lindar] Group: Eldamo. Published by

nyello

noun. singer

Derivations

  • ᴹ√NYEL “ring, sing, give out a sweet sound” ✧ Ety/NYEL

Element in

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
ᴹ√NYEL > nyello[njello]✧ Ety/NYEL

vanima

adjective. fair

Derivations

  • ᴹ√BAN “*beauty” ✧ Ety/BAN

Element in

  • ᴹQ. Vanimo “The Beautiful; Fair Folk” ✧ Ety/BAN

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
ᴹ√BAN > vanima[banima] > [βanima] > [vanima]✧ Ety/BAN

Middle Primitive Elvish

lindō

noun. singer

Derivations

  • ᴹ√LIN “sing” ✧ Ety/TUY

Derivatives

  • ᴹQ. lindo “singer, singing bird”

Element in

  • ᴹ✶tuilelindō “spring-singer, swallow” ✧ Ety/TUY
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/TUY] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Early Quenya

lindo

noun. singer

Derivations

Element in

  • Eq. tuilindo “swallow, (lit.) spring-singer” ✧ LT1A/Tuilérë
  • Eq. Varavilindo “*Birdwarden”
Early Quenya [LT1A/Tuilérë] Group: Eldamo. Published by