Sindarin 

nan elmoth

place name. *Valley of Starry Dusk

The forest where Thingol and Melian met (S/55), a combination of nan(d) “valley”, êl “star” and moth “dusk” (SA/nan(d), moth).

Conceptual Development: In “The Lay of Leithian Recommenced” from the 1950s, Tolkien considered some variant names for this forest: S. Glad-uial >> Glath-uail >> Gilammoth (LB/349). The first of these also appeared on the Silmarillion map from the 1950s (WJ/183, 188 note #48).


nan(d)“vale, valley, vale, valley, [ᴱN.] dale; [N.] wide grassland; [G.] field acre”


  • Elmoth ✧ WJI/Elmoth
Sindarin [LB/349; LBI/Gilammoth; LBI/Nan Elmoth; MRI/Gilammoth; PMI/Nan Elmoth; SA/moth; SA/nan(d); SI/Nan Elmoth; WJI/Elmoth; WJI/Gladuial; WJI/Nan Elmoth] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Nan Elmoth

Nan Elmoth

Nan means "valley" in Sindarin. Robert Foster translates the whole name as "Valley of star-dusk" (el + moth "stardusk").

Sindarin [Tolkien Gateway] Published by