S. Daeron m.
Famous minstrel and loremaster of Thingol (LotR/1123, S/95). In his essay on the “The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor”, Tolkien stated that the first element of this name was daer¹ “great” (VT42/11), although Christopher Tolkien suggested the initial element might be dae “shadow” in the Silmarillion Appendix (SA/dae), probably unaware of this essay when he was compiling The Silmarillion. The second element is probably the personal suffix -on¹ often used in masculine names (WJ/400).
Conceptual Development: In the very earliest Lost Tales, this character first appeared as G. Kapalen, soon revised to Tifanto and finally Dairon (LT2/49), the last of these glossed “The Fluter” in the Gnomish Lexicon (GL/29). The form remained Dairon in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s and Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LB/104, SM/113, LR/292). In the Etymologies, Ilk. Dairon was designated as Ilkorin, derived from dair “shadow of trees” (Ety/DAY), which is likely the source of Christopher Tolkien’s derivation in the Silmarillion Appendix (see above).
The form Daeron emerged towards the end of the 1930s (LR/301), but Tolkien continue to use Dairon in the drafts of the Lord of the Rings appendices and the initial Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (PM/76; WJ/13, 110), not committing to Daeron until fairly late in his writings.
References ✧ LBI/Dairon; LotR/1123; LotRI; LR/301; LRI/Dairon; LT2I/Dairon; MRI; PMI; SA/dae; SI; TII/Dairon; UTI; VT42/11; WJI/Dairon
|daer¹||“great, large”||✧ VT42/11|
Ilk. Dairon m.
References ✧ Ety/DAY; LR/301; LRI; PM/76; PMI/Daeron; RSI; SMI; TII; VT42/11; WJI
|dair||“shadow of trees”||✧ Ety/DAY|
G. Dairon m. “The Fluter”
References ✧ GL/29; LBI; LT2/49-50; LT2A/Dairon, Mar Vanwa Tyaliéva; LT2I/Dairon, Tifanto; PE13/112
|dair||“play, merriment”||✧ GL/29; LT2A/Mar Vanwa Tyaliéva|
G. Tifanto m.
References ✧ LT2/49-50; LT2A/Tifanto; LT2I/Kapalen, Tifanto