S. Belair pn. “?Valinorian Elf”

S. Belair, pn. “?Valinorian Elf”

A term appearing in Tolkien’s “Words, Phrases and Passages from The Lord of the Rings” from the 1950s-60s (PE17/139). It had the singular forms belerion, belerieth, belair and plural forms belair, balarwaith, beleriath. It appeared in a discussion of terms for distinct tribes of Elves: Sindar, Noldor and Nandor, but it is unclear to which tribe the name applies. The plural form balarwaith suggests a relationship to the S. Balan “Vala”, so it perhaps means “Valinorian Elf” = Noldor.

References ✧ PE17/139

Variations

Inflections

belair/balarwaith/beleriath plural ✧ PE17/139
belerion/belerieth/belair singular ✧ PE17/139