noun. Elf, (lit.) Shining One

A noun translated “Elf” (WJ/419) and fully declined as an example of a Strong I noun (SD/436). In one place, its plural Nimrî was translated “Shining Ones” (SD/358), which indicates was probably derived from the Primitive Adûnaic root √NIMIR.

Conceptual Development: In its earliest appearances from the 1940s, this noun had the plural form Nimrî (SD/358, 388) as opposed to later plural Nimîr (SD/388, 436), which could indicate either an earlier singular form Nimri or a variant syntax for draft-plural formation. The word also appears in Tolkien’s Quendi and Eldar essay from 1959-60 (WJ/386), indicating that this word survived in Tolkien’s later conception of Adûnaic.


  • ᴹQ. Elda “Elf” ✧ SDI2/Nimrî


Element in


  • nimir ✧ SD/436
Adûnaic [SD/358; SD/388; SD/389; SD/414; SD/436; SDI2/Nimrî; WJ/386; WJ/419; WJI/Nimîr] Group: Eldamo. Published by