Q. Elenwë f.

Q. Elenwë, f.

The wife of Turgon who perished in the crossing of the Helcaraxë (S/90, PM/345). This name is probably a compound elen “star” and the common suffix in names: -wë. This suffix was usually but not always used in masculine names (PM/340). Tolkien designated an earlier version of this character (then named Anairë) as Vanyarin (WJ/323). If Elenwë remained Vanyarin, then perhaps the use of -wë in female names was more common in that tribe.

References ✧ LT2I; PMI; SI; UTI; WJI


elen “star”
-wë “ancient name suffix (usually but not always masculine)”