N. Tinfang m. “Starbeard”
A great minstrel of the Elves surnamed 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 surnamed 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
|tint||“spark, small star”|
|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