Quenya 

Nandor

noun. Danian Elves

Danian Elves

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nandor

collective name. Silvan Elves, (lit.) Those who go back

The common Quenya name for the Silvan Elves meaning “Those who go back” (SI/54, WJ/384). This name was derived from the ancient word ✶ndandō “one who goes back on his word or decision” (WJ/412), and its Quenya form is attested only in the plural.

Conceptual Development: The name ᴹQ. Nanar “Green-elves” appeared in The Etymologies with a similar derivation (Ety/DAN). A deleted form ᴹQ. Nanyar appears in the first draft of the Lhammas from the mid-30s (LR/175). In Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s, this word was first written Nandar but was immediately changed to Nandor (MR/169).

Changes

  • NandarNandor ✧ MR/169

Cognates

Derivations

  • (N)DAN “back (again); retreat, go back, give way (as one advances), revert, back (again), [ᴹ√] backwards; [√] retreat, go back, give way (as one advances), revert” ✧ VT48/32
  • ndandō “one who goes back on his word or decision” ✧ WJ/412
    • (N)DAN “back (again); retreat, go back, give way (as one advances), revert, back (again), [ᴹ√] backwards; [√] retreat, go back, give way (as one advances), revert” ✧ WJ/412

Element in

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
dan- > Nandor[ndandor] > [nandor]✧ VT48/32
ndandō > Nandor[ndandor] > [nandor]✧ WJ/412

Variations

  • Nandar ✧ MR/169 (Nandar); MRI/Nandor (Nandar)
Quenya [MR/169; MRI/Nandor; PE18/073; PMI/Nandor; SI/Nandor; SI/Silvan Elves; UTI/Nandor; VT48/32; WJ/384; WJ/412; WJI/Nandor] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Nando

one who goes back on his word or decision

#Nando (1) pl. Nandor noun name of the Green-elves (Laiquendi). The primitive word ¤ndandō, whence Quenya Nando, implied "one who goes back on his word or decision", since the Nandor left the March from Cuiviénen to Aman. Adj. Nandorin. (WJ:412, VT48:32)

Nandor

Nandor

Nandor is a Quenya name, meaning "Those who go back", apparently containing the element nan-.

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cemendur

noun. farmer

Elements

WordGloss
cemen“the earth; earth, the earth; earth, [ᴹQ.] soil”
-(n)dur“servant; to serve”
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Sindarin 

danwaith

nandor

(a tribe of Elves) Danwaith ("Dan-folk"), lenited Nanwaith (WJ:385). Also called, by confusion with the name of their leader Denwe, Denwaith (”People of Denwe”) (WJ:385)

redhor

noun. farmer

Elements

WordGloss
redh-“to sow”
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tawarwaith

silvan elves

Tawarwaith (lit. ”Forest-people”)

Nandorin 

lindi

collective name. Nandor

Cognates

  • T. Linda “Teler” ✧ WJI/Lindar
  • S. Lindel “Nando” ✧ WJI/Lindar

Derivations

  • lindā “*sweet sounding” ✧ WJ/385

Derivatives

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Lindi

noun. Nandor

This is what the Nandor called themselves, a cognate of Quenya Lindar (Teleri) (WJ:385). The sg. is probably *lind, perhaps attested in the name Lindórinan. This form is stated to descend from the older clan-name Lindai (WJ:385), or at the oldest stage Lindâi (WJ:378). Lindâ was originally the name of a member of the Third Clan of the Elves, among the Eldar also called the Teleri; the Nandor came from this branch of the Eldarin peoples. In WJ:382, Lindâ is stated to be derived from a stem LIN, the primary reference of which is to "melodious or pleasing sound"; Lindâ, derived by medial fortification and adjectival , would seem to be in its origin an adjective, but later applied to the third clan of the Elves and eventually used as a noun. The reference was to their love of song (notice that Tolkien translated the name Lindórinan as "Vale of the Land of the Singers"; UT:253).

The Nandorin word Lindi alone in our small Green-elven corpus shows a direct descendant of the Primitive Quendian ending , while the sole other attested Nandorin plural is formed by umlaut: urc "Orc" pl. yrc. Perhaps the ending -i persisted in the case of words that had the stem-vowel i, since this vowel could not be changed by umlaut (being already identical to the vowel causing the umlaut so that no assimilation was possible); therefore, singular and plural would become identical if the plural ending -i had been dropped as in yrc. (It may not be necessary to invoke the simple "real-world" explanation that Tolkien's ideas about Nandorin had changed during the thirty years that separate the source that has yrc from the source that provides the word Lindi.)

Nandorin [H. Fauskanger (WJ:382:385, UT:253)] < LIN. Published by

Primitive elvish

ndandō

noun. one who goes back on his word or decision

Derivations

  • (N)DAN “back (again); retreat, go back, give way (as one advances), revert, back (again), [ᴹ√] backwards; [√] retreat, go back, give way (as one advances), revert” ✧ WJ/412

Derivatives

  • Q. Nandor “Silvan Elves, (lit.) Those who go back” ✧ WJ/412
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Gnomish

nandor

noun. farmer

Variations

  • nanweg ✧ GL/59
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