Sindarin 


noun. Vala, divinity

Sindarin [LotR/D] OS *(a)råto(ndo) "noble one", CE *arâtô. Group: SINDICT. Published by


'One of the High'

pl1. Rodyn n. 'One of the High', Vala. (Q. pl1.?) Artor. >> arod, raud

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noun. Vala

A Sindarin term for the Vala (PE17/33), appearing in its plural form S. Rodyn as one of the days of the week (LotR/1110) and also in the Sindarin name for Valinor: Dor-Rodyn (MR/200). It is derived from the prefixal form rod- of raud “noble” (PE17/118, 186). Its final element might be the augmentative suffix -on, perhaps literally meaning “✱Most Noble”. It could also be the agental suffix -on, as suggested by David Salo (GS/283), but that suffix is usually masculine (WJ/400), whereas Rodon seems to apply to all Valar.

Element in

  • S. Dor-Rodyn “*Land of the Valar” ✧ MR/200
  • S. Rodyn “alternate name of the last day of the Eldarin six-day week”


raud“noble, eminent; lofty, high, tall; excellent”
-on“augmentative suffix”
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noun. Vala, Vala, [N.] Power, God

At one point (Let/427), Tolkien stated that the plural form Belain (and presumably its singular Balan) did not exist in Sindarin and its derivative Orbelain “Vala-day” was a phonetic translation of Q. Valanya. Elsewhere, though, Balan is well attested as a Sindarin word.


  • Q. Vala “(Angelic) Power, ‘God’, Authority, (Angelic) Power, Authority, God” ✧ PE17/048; SA/val


  • Balaniā ✧ Let/427
  • BAL “power; powerful, mighty; have power” ✧ PE17/048; SA/val

Element in

  • S. Balannor “Land of the Valar”
  • S. Orbelain “*Day of the Valar, Friday” ✧ Let/427

Phonetic Developments

Balaniā > Belain[balanjā] > [balanja] > [balania] > [belenia] > [beleni] > [belein] > [belain]✧ Let/427
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pl1. Belain** ** n. Vala.

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1) Rodon (pl. Rodyn, coll. pl. Rodonnath), 2) Balan (i Valan), pl. Belain (i Melain). In ”Noldorin”, the pl. form used with the article was "iMbelain" (LR:365 s.v. KIRIK).



bâl (i vâl, construct bal), pl. bail (divine power). Note: the word can also be used as an adj. "divine".