N. Tinfang m. “Starbeard”

N. Tinfang, m. “Starbeard”

A great minstrel of the Elves with the sobriquet Gelion appearing in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s and the earliest Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LB/174, SM/113). His name is gloss “Starbeard” in The Etymologies, a combination of tint “star” and fang “beard” (Ety/SPÁNAG, EtyAC/TIN).

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, G. Tinfang was had the sobriquet Warble and was a half-fey creature who was a fluter for the Valar (LT1/94-5). In the Gnomish Lexicon from the 1910s, his name was simply glossed “The Fluter” (GL/70). It seems he was reconceived as an Elf in the Lays of Beleriand, as noted above. This character disappeared from the narratives starting with the Silmarillion drafts from mid-30s.

References ✧ Ety/SPÁNAG; EtyAC/TIN; LB/181; SM/115; SMI

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tint “spark, small star”
fang “beard” ✧ Ety/SPÁNAG
ᴹ√TIN “sparkle, emit slender (silver pale) beams” ✧ Ety/TIN
ᴹ√SPANAG “*beard” ✧ EtyAC/TIN (SPÁNAG)

G. Tinfang m. “The Fluter”

References ✧ GL/70; LB/181; LBI; LT1A/Tinfang; LT1I/Timpinen, Tinfang; LT2I/Timpinen, Tinfang; QL/92; SM/115; SMI

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