Q. Elwë m.

Q. Elwë, m.

The original name of Thingol, which in Sindarin became Elu (S/291). Its initial element is él “star” and its final element is the suffix -wë common in ancient names (PM/340).

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, the leader of the third tribe of Elves was named Sol. Ellu (LT1/155), though at this early stage the character was distinct from the contemporanerous character that would develop into Thingol (G. Tinwelint). The name changed to (Telerin?) Elu with one l in very early Silmarillion drafts (SM/13, 85), and was given the Qenya cognate of ᴱQ. Elwe.

In the Annals of Beleriand from the 1930s, ᴹQ. Elwe was identified as the brother of Thingol (SM/264) and so remained in Silmarillion drafts of that period (LR/217). In The Etymologies, ᴹQ. Elwe was first derived from the root √ƷEL “sky”, with a later note indicating it should be transferred to √EL “star” (Ety/ƷEL). It was not until Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s that this name was assigned to Thingol, at which point his brother was renamed to Q. Olwë (MR/82).

References ✧ LBI/Elu; LT2I/Elwë Singollo; MR/217; MRI; PE17/189; PM/340, 369; PMI/Elwë, Thingol; SI/Elu, Elwë; UTI/Elu, Elwë; VT41/8; WJ/369; WJI


él “star”
-wë “ancient name suffix (usually but not always masculine)” ✧ PM/340
EL “lo, behold; star” ✧ PM/340

Element In


ᴹQ. Elwe m.

At this stage, the brother of Thingol and leader of the Teleri (S/264, LR/214-5). See later Q. Elwë and Olwë for further discussion.

References ✧ Ety/ƷEL, WEG; EtyAC/ÉLED; LRI/Elwë; PE22/23; SM/85; SMI/Elu, Elwë




él “star”
-we² “abstract suffix” ✧ Ety/WEG
ᴹ√ƷEL “sky” ✧ Ety/ƷEL
ᴹ√WEG “(manly) vigour” ✧ Ety/ƷEL


ᴱQ. Elwe m.

At this stage, the Qenya name of the leader of the third tribe of Elves, the Solosimpi (SM/13). See Q. Elwë for further discussion.

Reference ✧ SM/13 ✧ Elwë