Quenya 


noun. those that have knowledge

those that have knowledge

Quenya [PE 18:73] Group: Mellonath Daeron. Published by


proper name. one of the wise folk, Gnome

An Elf of the second tribe, known as “The Wise” (WJ/383). Their name developed from the primitive root √ÑGOL¹ having to do with wisdom (PM/360, WJ/383).

Conceptual Development: The name ᴱQ. Noldo dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, and in the Qenya Lexicon from the 1910s, where it already had the derivation given above (QL/67). In Tolkien’s earlier writings, he often translated this name as “Gnome”, in the sense of the Greek origin of this word (having to do with thought and wisdom) rather than that of a dwarf-like creature. This translation of ᴹQ. Noldo continued to appear in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/201), but became less common in Tolkien’s later writings, and was not used in the published version of The Silmarillion.

In Tolkien’s earliest writings, the plural form of this word was usually ᴱQ. Noldoli (LT1/21), but by the 1930s this had been replaced by ᴹQ. Noldor (LR/119), the form that was used thereafter.

In notes from the 1950s, Tolkien considered an alternate etymology of this name from the root √ÑGOL² “dark-hued, dark-brown” referring to their dark hair (PE17/125), just as the tribal name of the Vanya referred to their fair hair. Presumably he considered this alternate origin because the newly-awakened Noldor would not yet have been known for their wisdom, but there is no evidence that this alternate etymology was anything other than a transient idea.

Quenya [LBI/Noldor.001; Let/176.3912; LotR/1123.0304; LotR/1123.0306; LotRI/Eldar.027; LotRI/Noldor.001; MR/230.4004; MR/350.1501; MR/350.1609; MR/470.3303; MRI/Noldor.001; MRI/Noldor.004; PE17/086.3402; PE17/125.1602; PE17/153.0704; PE18/073.0509; PE19/076.1907; PM/030.1805; PM/360.0610; PMI/Noldor.001; PMI/Noldor.004; RC/736.1007; S/087.2708-1; SA/golodh.008; SA/gûl.021; SI/Golodhrim.011; SI/Noldor.001; SI/Noldor.023; UTI/Noldor.001; UTI/Noldor.003; VT39/16.0707; VT39/16.2808-1; WJ/364.3507; WJ/380.2002; WJ/383.1901; WJ/383.2908; WJI/Goldo.003; WJI/Golodh.008; WJI/Noldor.001; WJI/Noldor.004] Group: Eldamo. Published by


one of the people of the noldor

noldo (ñ) noun "one of the people of the Noldor", "one of the wise folk, Gnome". Cf. the gloss "Gnome" in early "Qenya" (LT1:262). Also name of tengwa #19, that is used for the initial n of noldo in Tengwar spelling. Originally pronounced ngoldo (also spelt ñoldo by Tolkien, ÑGOLOD); initial ng had become n in Third Age pronunciation (Appendix E). Pl. Noldor ("Ñoldor"), "the Wise", name of the second clan of the Eldar (WJ:380, 381); gen. pl. Noldoron "of the Noldor" is attested (VT39:16)



ñolda adj. "dark-haired" (PE17:125), associated with Noldor and hence not much used. Cf. nolya.


adjective. dark-haired
Quenya [PE17/125.2012] Group: Eldamo. Published by



nolya ("ñ")adj. "dark-haired" (PE17:125), i.e. very dark brown

Sindarin 


proper name. (Exiled) Noldo, Exiled Noldor, Noldor

A Sindarin term for the Exiled Noldor, properly †Ódhel but with a G added by analogy with their clan name Golodh (WJ/364, WJ/379).

Sindarin [WJ/364.2709; WJ/364.2801; WJ/364.2807; WJ/379.0206; WJ/379.0208; WJI/Gódhel.001; WJI/Gódhel.003; WJI/Gódhel.004; WJI/Noldor.013] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Black Speech


noun. Noldor
Black Speech [UT/092.1107; UTI/Golug.001] Group: Eldamo. Published by

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Primitive elvish


noun. dark-haired
Primitive elvish [PE17/125.1907] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Ancient quenya


noun. dark-haired
Ancient quenya [PE17/125.1907; PE17/154.4208] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Qenya 


proper name. Gnome
Qenya [GG/13.0605; GL/32.3702; GL/41.1105; LBI/Golda.006; LBI/Noldoli.001; LBI/Noldoli.003; LT1/021.0206; LT1/050.1702; LT1/162.2210; LT1A/Noldoli.001; LT1A/Noldoli.010; LT1I/Noldoli.001; LT1I/Noldor.001; LT2I/Noldoli.001; LT2I/Noldor.001; PE13/099.0901; PE13/145.2303; PE13/145.2602; PE14/009.0902; PE14/009.0904; PE14/009.0905; PE14/042.0712; PE14/042.0804; PE14/045.1004-1; PE14/047.1203; PE14/047.1204; PE14/048.3206; PE14/071.0402; PE14/071.0408; PE14/079.2502; PE14/079.2506; PE14/081.2506; PE15/72.5003; PME/067.4002; QL/067.1201; QL/067.1909; SM/013.1210; SMI/Noldoli.001; WJI/Noldor.011] Group: Eldamo. Published by


proper name. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Qenya [Ety/ÑGOLOD.009; EtyAC/ÑGOL.037; LBI/Golodh.006; LR/119.4102; LR/119.4106; LR/168.3805; LRI/Noldoli.001; LRI/Noldoli.004; LRI/Noldor.001; PE18/023.0804; PE18/040.1201; PE19/036.0306; PE19/036.0909; PE19/058.2403; PE21/08.2007; PE22/019.0105; PE22/019.1902; PE22/022.1311; PE22/051.0307; PE22/051.0308; RSI/Noldor.001; SDI2/Noldor.001; SM/085.0406; SMI/Golodh.006; SMI/Noldor.001; SMI/Noldor.003; TI/167.2208; TII/Noldor.001; WRI/Noldor.001] Group: Eldamo. Published by



noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome

A Doriathrin name for the ᴹQ. Noldo from the same primitive root ᴹ√ÑGÓLOD (Ety/ÑGOLOD). In the entry for ÑGOLOD in The Etymologies, it appeared as (n)gold, indicating a variation of the usual rule that initial [ŋg] became [g] in Ilkorin. The second [o] of the primitive form was lost due to the Ilkorin syncope. Its genitive form golda also appeared as an element in the name Goldamir “*Noldo-jewel” = Silmaril.

Doriathrin [Ety/ÑGOLOD.022; Ety/ÑGOLOD.049-1] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Doriathrin Group: Eldamo. Published by



noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome

A noun glossed “one of the wise folk, Gnome” developed from the root ᴹ√ÑGOLOD (Ety/ÑGOLOD), most likely from primitive *✶ñgolodō given its cognates. It is an example of the Danian syncope, with second unstressed [o] vanishing after the identical vowel. It is also one of the Danian words for which a long final vowel developed into short final [a]. Finally, it provides an example of how initial nasals vanished before stops.

Ossriandric [Ety/ÑGOLOD.024] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Old Noldorin


noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Old Noldorin [Ety/ÑGOLOD.011; PE21/58.2307] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Middle Primitive Elvish


noun. gnome
Middle Primitive Elvish [PE19/036.0305; PE19/058.2401; PE21/33.0901; PE21/33.0909] Group: Eldamo. Published by


root. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/ÑGOLOD.001; EtyAC/ÑGOL.031; PE18/034.0411; PE18/040.1206; PE18/061.1206; PE18/061.1508] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Middle Telerin


noun. one of the wise folk, Gnome
Middle Telerin [Ety/ÑGOLOD.020] Group: Eldamo. Published by



adjective. Gnome
Gnomish [PE15/20.1302] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. Gnome
Gnomish Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. Gnome
Gnomish Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. Gnome
Gnomish Group: Eldamo. Published by

Early Noldorin


noun. Gnome, Gnome, Deep-elf, gnomes, deep-elves
Early Noldorin [PE13/145.1201; PE13/145.1204; PE13/145.1303; PE13/145.1306; PE13/145.2201; PE13/145.2203; PE13/145.2301; PE13/156.3001-2; PE13/162.2801; PE13/162.2805; PE13/162.2901; PE13/162.2903] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. gnome

Variations of the word: golt.

Imported inflections

i·ngolthornasal-mutation plural-PE13/120.3401
I·ngolthorclass-pluralthe (race of) GnomesPE13/123.1210
i·ngoluithnasal-mutation plural-PE13/120.3401
i·nguailtpluralthe (particular) gnomes (recently mentioned)PE13/123.1210
i·nguiltnasal-mutation plural-PE13/121.2008
Early Noldorin [PE13/120.3401; PE13/121.2008; PE13/123.1210; PE15/62.3420; PE13/120.3403; PE13/121.2009; PE13/120.3409; PE13/123.1212; PE13/120.3407; PE13/123.1303; PE13/121.2013; PE13/123.3808; PE13/120.3405; PE13/121.2011] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. gnome
Early Noldorin Group: Eldamo. Published by