Q. Indis f. “Great Woman”

Q. Indis, f. “Great Woman”

The second wife of Finwë (S/64-5). Her name is said to mean “great or valiant woman” (PM/343), but it is also identical in form to indis “wife, bride”.

Conceptual Development: The name Indis appeared in several places in The Etymologies from the 1930s glossed as “Bride” (Ety/I², NDIS, NETH), but there it seems to be a name for Nessa (Ety/NĪ¹). The number and names of the wives of Finwë were unspecified in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s and 50s (LR/223, MR/175). Indis as the second wife of Finwë did not emerge until late in Tolkien’s writing (WJ/327, 383; PM/344).

References ✧ LT1I; MRI; PM/343; PMI; SI; UTI; WJI




indis “wife”

Element In

ᴹQ. Indis f. “Bride”

A name for Nessa (Ety/NĪ¹) meaning “Bride” (Ety/I², NDIS, NETH). See Q. Indis for the later use of this name for the wife of Finwë.

References ✧ Ety/I², NDER, NDIS, NETH, NĪ¹




indis “bride”
ᴹ√NDIS “*bride” ✧ Ety/NDER; Ety/NETH (NDI)


Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶INDIS > Indis [indis] ✧ Ety/I²