Quenya 

Teleri

noun. Last-comers

Last-comers, Enders

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

Teler

sea-elf

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.

teler

proper name. Last-comer, Hindmost

Quenya name for the third tribe of Elves (PM/318), usually appearing 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.

Changes

  • Teles-Teler- ✧ PE18/084

Cognates

  • S. Teler “Teleri” ✧ PM/385; PMI/Teleri

Derivations

  • TELES “come at rear, end a line or series, come at rear, end a line or series; [ᴹ√] hindmost, tarrier” ✧ PE18/084
  • TEL “close, end, complete, come to an end” ✧ SA/tel

Element in

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
KYELES > Teler-[kjelesi] > [tjelesi] > [tjelezi] > [tjeleri] > [teleri]✧ PE18/084
tel- > Teleri[telesi] > [telezi] > [teleri]✧ SA/tel

Variations

  • Teles- ✧ PE18/084 (Teles-)
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

Telellë

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)

linda

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.

Cognates

  • Nan. Lindē “Lindar” ✧ NM/347
  • S. Glinnel “*Singer-elf” ✧ WJI/Glinnel; WJ/378
  • T. Linda “Teler” ✧ WJ/382; WJI/Lindar

Derivations

  • LIN “sing, make a musical sound, sing, make a musical sound, [ᴱ√] gentle” ✧ SA/lin²
  • lindā “*sweet sounding” ✧ WJ/378; WJ/380; WJ/382

Element in

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
lin- > Lindar[lindar]✧ SA/lin²
Lindāi > Lindar[lindar]✧ WJ/378
lindā > Lindar[lindā] > [linda]✧ WJ/380
Lindā > Lindar[lindā] > [linda]✧ WJ/382
Quenya [MR/349; MRI/Lindar; NM/347; 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

lindo

singer, singing bird

lindo noun "singer, singing bird" (LIN2)

nyello

singer

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

Teleri

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.

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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 Notes on Names (NN) from 1957, 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.

Cognates

  • Q. Teler “Last-comer, Hindmost” ✧ PM/385; PMI/Teleri

Variations

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

lind

singer

(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

Cognates

  • ᴹQ. lindo “singer, singing bird”

Elements

WordGloss
lind“song, chant, singing; singer, song, chant, singing, [N.] air, tune; [N. and S.] singer”
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Qenya 

teler

proper name. a Teler

Derivations

  • ᴹ√TELES “hindmost, tarrier” ✧ Ety/TELES

Element in

  • ᴹQ. Telellie “Teler-folk” ✧ Ety/TELES
  • ᴹQ. Telerin “Telerian” ✧ Ety/TELES

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
ᴹ√TELES > Teler[telesi] > [telezi] > [teleri]✧ Ety/TELES
Qenya [Ety/TELES; LBI/Solosimpi; LR/168; LRI/Teleri; PE21/33; SM/085; SMI/Teleri] Group: Eldamo. Published by

nyello

noun. singer

Derivations

  • ᴹ√NYEL “ring, sing, give out a sweet sound” ✧ Ety/NYEL

Element in

Phonetic Developments

DevelopmentStagesSources
ᴹ√NYEL > nyello[njello]✧ Ety/NYEL

Middle Primitive Elvish

lindō

noun. singer

Derivations

  • ᴹ√LIN “sing” ✧ Ety/TUY

Derivatives

  • ᴹQ. lindo “singer, singing bird”

Element in

  • ᴹ✶tuilelindō “spring-singer, swallow” ✧ Ety/TUY
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/TUY] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Middle Telerin

fallinel

noun. Teleri

Cognates

  • ᴹQ. Falanyel “*Beach Singer” ✧ Ety/PHAL
Middle Telerin [Ety/NYEL; Ety/PHAL] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Early Noldorin

tiledh

proper name. Sea-elf

Cognates

  • Eq. Teler “little elf” ✧ PE13/154

Derivations

  • ᴱ✶Teled- “[unglossed]” ✧ PE13/154

Element in

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Early Quenya

teler

proper name. little elf

Cognates

  • En. Tiledh “Sea-elf” ✧ PE13/154
  • G. Tilith “member of the first of the three tribes of Eldar” ✧ PE15/08; PE15/08; LT1A/Telelli; PE13/099; PE14/009

Derivations

  • ᴱ✶Teled- “[unglossed]” ✧ PE13/154

Element in

  • Eq. Telelle “little elf” ✧ QL/090
  • Eq. telerea “elfin” ✧ LT1A/Telelli; QL/090
  • Eq. Telerin “of ... Elfland, of Elfin kindred” ✧ LT1A/Telelli
  • Eq. Telerines ✧ QL/090
  • Eq. Teler-’ohta “*Sea-elf War” ✧ PE14/109
  • Eq. teleste “(f.) little elf” ✧ QL/090
  • Eq. telesto “(m.) little elf” ✧ QL/090

Variations

  • teler ✧ PE14/009; PE14/109
Early Quenya [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

telelle

proper name. little elf

Changes

  • TelellëTelelli ✧ LT1/022

Cognates

Element in

  • Eq. telella “elfin” ✧ LT1A/Telelli; QL/091
  • Eq. Telellin ✧ LT1A/Telelli

Variations

  • Telellë ✧ LT1/022 (Telellë); LT1A/Telelli
  • telelle ✧ PE14/009; QL/091
Early Quenya [LT1/022; LT1A/Telelli; LT1I/Telelli; PE13/099; PE14/009; PME/091; QL/091] Group: Eldamo. Published by

lindo

noun. singer

Derivations

Element in

  • Eq. tuilindo “swallow, (lit.) spring-singer” ✧ LT1A/Tuilérë
  • Eq. Varavilindo “*Birdwarden”
Early Quenya [LT1A/Tuilérë] Group: Eldamo. Published by