S. Caras i-Ngelaidh loc. “City of the Trees”

S. Caras i-Ngelaidh, loc. “City of the Trees”

The pure Sindarin form of Caras Galadhon, appearing in Tolkien’s “Words, Phrases and Passages from The Lord of the Rings” from the 1950s-60s (PE17/60). In these notes, it appears as Caras (i)Ngelelaið, but Christopher Gilson suggested the final word was probably a slip for Ngelaið, which would be the ordinary nasal mutation of the plural of galadh “tree”. Its initial element is S. (or Nan.) caras, and the i is the elided form of the plural definite article in, whose elision causes the nasal mutation of the final word.

Reference ✧ PE17/60 ✧ Caras (i)Ngelelaið



caras “circular earthwall with dike, fort surrounded by bulwarks” ✧ PE17/60
“the” plural elided ✧ PE17/60
galadh “tree” nasal-mutation plural ✧ PE17/60 (Ngelaið)