Quenya 


noun. Last-comers

Last-comers, Enders

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



Teler noun "sea-elf", pl. Teleri, general (partitive) pl. Telelli, the third tribe of the Eldar (TELES (MIS) ), also called Lindar.Teleri means "those at the end of the line, the hindmost", (WJ:382 cf. 371), derived from the stem tel- "finish, end, be last" (SA:tel-). The Lindar were so called because they lagged behind on the march from Cuiviénen. In early "Qenya", Teler, also Telellë, was defined "little elf" (LT1:267), but this is hardly a valid gloss in Tolkien's later Quenya.


proper name. Last-comer, Hindmost

Quenya name for the third tribe of Elves (PM/318), usually appear in the plural form Teleri (S/40; WJ/382). It was derived from the root √TELES “come at rear” (PE18/84; Ety/TELES), because “they tarried on the road and were not wholly of a mind to pass from the dusk to the light of Valinor” (S/53).

Conceptual Development: A similar name ᴱQ. Telelli appeared in the earliest Lost Tales, and its singular form ᴱQ. Telelle was glossed “little elf” in the Qenya Lexicon (QL/91). This early term applied to young Elves of all tribes, especially those talented in song (PE13/99; PE14/9). The related term ᴱQ. Teleri, however, referred specifically to the first tribe of Elves (LT1/50; PE14/9).

By the earliest drafts of the Silmarillion, however, Tolkien began to use ᴹQ. Teler as the term for the “Sea-elves”, the third tribe (SM/13). In The Etymologies from the 1930s, the name was given the derivation above (Ety/TELES), though initially it was because the third tribe “were the latest to awaken” (LR/168), not because they tarried on the march.

Quenya [LT1I/Solosimpi; MR/349; MRI/Teleri; PE18/073; PE18/084; PM/318; PM/385; PMI/Teleri; S/053; SA/tel; SI/Teleri; UTI/Teleri; WJ/371; WJ/382; WJI/Teleri] Group: Eldamo. Published by


little elf

Telellë noun "little elf" (also Teler); the Telelli are said to be "young Elves of all clans who dwelt in Kôr to perfect their arts of singing and poetry" (LT1:267; see Teler)


proper name. Singer

The name that the Teleri used to refer to themselves, usually appearing in the plural form Lindar and glossed “The Singers” (SI/Teleri, UT/286). They were so called because in legend, they sang before they could speak with words (WJ/382). The name was derived from the root √LIN “sing” (SA/lin, WJ/382).

Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name was used for the first tribe, with the gloss “The Fair” (LR/168). It usually appeared as a collective noun, but sometimes appeared in the singular (PE22/51). In The Etymologies, it is given as ᴹQ. linda “fair, beautiful (of sound)” used as a name (Ety/LIND). In later writings, the name of the first tribe became the Vanyar, and Tolkien repurposed this name as another name of the third tribe with a slightly different derivation and meaning.

Quenya [MR/349; MRI/Lindar; PE18/073; PMI/Lindar; SA/lin²; SI/Teleri; UT/253; UT/286; UTI/Lindar; WJ/378; WJ/380; WJ/382; WJI/Glinnel; WJI/Lindar] Group: Eldamo. Published by


singer, singing bird

lindo noun "singer, singing bird" (LIN2)



nyello noun "singer" (NYEL). Compare the final element of Falanyel, #Solonyel, q.v


noun. singer
Quenya Group: Eldamo. Published by

* Teleri


Teleri is the plural of Teler which means "last", root TEL. In The Silmarillion the word Teleri refers both to the Third Clan in general, and that branch that made it to Aman, taken from the Vanyar and Noldor point of view; particularly the Teleri of Aman were called Falmari.

Quenya [Tolkien Gateway] Published by

Sindarin 

* teler

proper name. Teleri

The Sindarin equivalent of Q. Teler, used only by the people of Círdan and attested only in the plural forms Telir and Telerrim (PM/385). It may be that its singular form was not used.

Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon from the 1910s, the earliest form of this name was G. Tilith (GL/70), though at this stage the name referred to the first tribe instead of the third. In Early Noldorin notes from the 1920s, it became ᴱN. Tiledh, a reference to the sea-elves (PE13/154).

A similar term teleir appears in the “Words, Phrases and Passages from The Lord of the Rings” from the 1950s-60s, where Tolkien indicated that it was used “as a general term distinguishing Sindar (and usually also Nandor) from either the Noldor and the Dark-elves” (PE17/139). The term teleir developed from the primitive adjective ✶teleryā, and appeared beside variants telerion and telerieth, probably male and female forms. These notes also included several plural forms: telir, teleriath and telerwaith.

Sindarin [PE17/139; PM/385; PMI/Teleri] Group: Eldamo. Published by

* lind


(also used of rivers) lind (song, air, tune), no distinct pl. form, but coll. pl. linnath. (WJ.309). As for "yellow singer", the name of a bird, see YELLOWHAMMER.

* linnor

noun. singer
Sindarin Group: Neologism. Published by

Beware, older languages below! The languages below were invented during Tolkien's earlier period and should be used with caution. Remember to never, ever mix words from different languages!

Primitive elvish


noun. Teleri
Primitive elvish [PE17/139.2905] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. singer, singing
Primitive elvish [WJ/309] Group: Eldamo. Published by

* lindō

noun. singer
Primitive elvish Group: Eldamo. Published by

Qenya 


proper name. little elf, fairies, one of the Elf-kindreds, Sea-elves
Qenya [LBI/Teleri; LR/165; LT1/050; LT1A/Telelli; LT1A/Teleri; LT1I/Teleri; LT2I/Teleri; PE13/099; PE13/154; PE14/009; PE14/109; PE15/08; PME/091; QL/090; SM/013] Group: Eldamo. Published by


proper name. a Teler
Qenya [Ety/TELES; LBI/Solosimpi; LR/168; LRI/Teleri; PE21/33; SM/085; SMI/Teleri] Group: Eldamo. Published by


proper name. little elf
Qenya [LT1/022; LT1A/Telelli; LT1I/Telelli; PE13/099; PE14/009; PME/091; QL/091] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. singer, singing bird
Qenya [Ety/LIN²] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. singer
Qenya [Ety/NYEL] Group: Eldamo. Published by

* lindo

noun. singer
Qenya [LT1A/Tuilérë] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Middle Primitive Elvish

* lindō

noun. singer
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/TUY] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Middle Telerin


noun. Teleri
Middle Telerin [Ety/NYEL; Ety/PHAL] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Early Noldorin


proper name. Sea-elf
Early Noldorin [PE13/154] Group: Eldamo. Published by