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Monday, July 23, 2007

Elf--Tolkien--Naming and list of notable elves

Naming conventions
An Elf of Valinor was typically given one name (essë) at birth by the father. It usually reflected either the name of the father or mother, indicating the person's descent, to which later some distinguishing prefix could be added. As the Elf grew older, they received a second name (amilessë), given by the mother. This name was extremely important and reflected personality, skills, or fate, sometimes being 'prophetic'.

The epessë or the "after-name" is the third type. It was given later in life, not necessarily by kin, as a title of admiration and honour. In some circumstances, yet another name was chosen by the Elf themselves, called kilmessë meaning "self-name".

The "true names" remained the first two, though an Elf could be referred to by any of these. Mother-names were usually not used by those who did not know the Elf well; it would be considered rude to do so. In later history and song any of the four could become the one generally used and recognised.

After their Exile to Middle-earth and adoption of Sindarin as the daily speech, most of the Noldor also chose for themselves a name that fitted the style of that language, translating or altering one of their Quenya names.

Another type was the patronymic — the father's name with the suffix "-ion" added. Thus, Gildor Inglorion is "Gildor, son of Inglor".

Several examples include:
Galadriel is the Sindarin translation of Alatáriel, the Telerin Quenya epessë originally given to her by Celeborn, which means "Maiden Crowned by a Radiant Garland". Her father-name is Artanis (noble woman) and her mother-name is Nerwen (man-maiden).

Maedhros, the oldest son of Fëanor, was called Russandol (copper-top) by his brothers: He had earned this epessë because of his ruddy hair. His father-name had been Nelyafinwë (Finwë the third: Fëanor's own father-name had been (Curu) Finwë), and his mother-name Maitimo (well-shaped one). Maedhros is a rendering into Sindarin of parts of his mother-name and epessë.

Finrod is usually referred to as Felagund (hewer of caves), a name the Dwarves had given to him (originally Felakgundu) because of his dwellings at Nargothrond. Finrod adopted the name, and made it a title of honour. Círdan (Shipwright) is the epessë of a Telerin Elf who remained in Beleriand, and later Lindon, until the end of the Third Age. His original name was only rarely remembered in traditions as Nōwē, and he was referred to always as Círdan, a title which had been given to him as Lord of the Falas.

List of Notable Elves
Imin - The first Elf to awake near the bay of Cuiviénen, first of the Vanyar
Tata - The second Elf to awake, first of the Noldor
Enel - The third Elf to awake, first of the Teleri
Ingwë - King of the Vanyar and High King of all the Elves
Elwë - Called Elu Thingol, King of Doriath and of the Sindar
Lúthien - Daughter of Thingol and Melian the Maia, wife of the Man Beren, the fairest and the greatest of all the Children Of Ilúvatar
Círdan - Called 'the Shipbuilder', Lord of the Falas in Beleriand and later of the Grey Havens
Olwë - Brother of Thingol, King of Alqualondë and King of the Teleri in Valinor (Falmari)
Finwë - First High King of the Noldor, had two wives, Míriel and Indis (remarries after Míriel dies)
Fëanor - Son of Finwë by Míriel, craftsman of the Silmarils, greatest of all the Elves of Valinor, and leader of the Exile of the Noldor to Middle-earth
The seven Sons of F
ëanor - Elven princes who followed their father on his quest to reclaim the Silmarils from Morgoth
Fingolfin - First son of Finwë and Indis, father of Fingon, Turgon, Argon and Aredhel, first High King of the Noldor in Beleriand
Fingon - Second High King of the Noldor in Beleriand, Lord of Hithlum, slain by Gothmog the Balrog
Turgon - Third High King of the Noldor in Beleriand, the Hidden King of Gondolin, father of Idril Idril - Daughter of Turgon, princess of Gondolin, wife of Tuor, and mother of Eärendil
Maeglin - Son of Aredhel and Eöl, cousin to Idril, whom he loved illicitly; betrayed Gondolin to Morgoth
Glorfindel - Only Elf who returns to Middle-earth after re-embodiment in Valinor; slayer of Balrog
Finarfin - Son of Finwë and Indis, father of Finrod, Galadriel, Angrod and Aegnor, and the Third High King of All the Noldor
Finrod Felagund - King of Nargothrond, overlord of Finarfin's folk in Beleriand, gave up his life to save Beren
Orodreth - Son of Angrod and thus nephew of Finrod Felagund, second King of Nargothrond
Galadriel - Lady of Lothlórien, greatest Lady of the Noldor, mother of Celebrían
Celeborn - Lord of Lothlórien, Galadriel's husband, kinsman to Thingol
Celebrimbor - Forger of the Rings of Power, grandson of Fëanor
Gil-galad - Fourth and Last High King of the Noldor in Middle-earth, who ruled during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men
Amroth - Lord of Lórinand before Celeborn and Galadriel, lover of Nimrodel, lost in the Sea
Thranduil - King of the Woodland Realm of Mirkwood and father of Legolas
Legolas - Called Greenleaf, one of the Company of the Ring
Dior Eluchíl - Son of Beren and Lúthien, Thingol's heir, and father of Eluréd, Elurín and Elwing
Elwing - Wife of Eärendil, and mother of Elrond and Elros
Eärendil - Son of Tuor and Idril, the greatest mariner, set with the Silmaril to journey the skies as a star
Elros - First High King of Númenor
Elrond - Master of Rivendell, father of Arwen, Elladan and Elrohir, and Bearer of Vilya
Arwen - Called Undómiel 'the Evenstar', fairest of the Elves after Lúthien, Queen of King Elessar Eldarion - Son of Arwen and Elessar, ruler of the Reunited Kingdom after his father, descendant of all the Houses of Men and Elves of the Elder Days

A special thanks to Wikipedia and to J.R.R. Tolkien and to the Official LOTR website

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