S. Melian f. “Dear Gift”

S. Melian, f. “Dear Gift”

The Maia who married Thingol and ruled Doriath with him (S/55-6), her name was translated “Dear Gift”, a combination of mell “dear” and ann¹ “gift”, or more accurately derived from the ancient form ✶Melyanna (SA/anna, mel).

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, her name was given as G. Gwedheling along with numerous variations (LT2/50), but in later revisions was changed to G. Melian (LT2/51), the form of her name in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s (LB/12). Her name remained Melian in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/13, LR/220), though at this stage her name was likely Ilkorin like that of her husband, Ilk. Thingol.

References ✧ LotRI; LT1I/Melian, Wendelin; MRI; PMI; SA/anna, mel; SI; UTI; WJ/228; WJI



mell “dear, beloved”
ann¹ “gift”
annā “gift” ✧ SA/anna (anna)

Element In


Phonetic Developments

Melyanna > Melian [meljanna] > [melianna] > [meliann] > [melian] ✧ SA/mel

Ilk. Melian f.

See S. Melian for discussion.

References ✧ LRI; RSI; SMI/Melian, Wendelin; TII

ᴱN. Melian f.

Reference ✧ LBI/Melian

G. Melian f.

References ✧ LT2/51, 244; LT2A/Melian; LT2I/Gwenethlin, Melian, Tindriel, Wendelin; WJI/Gwendelin


mel- “to love” ✧ LT1A/Nessa

G. Gwedheling f.

References ✧ GL/45; LBI/Gwendeling, Gwenethlin; LT1A/Wendelin; LT2/49-51, 119, 244; LT2A/Gwedheling; LT2I/Gwedheling, Gwendeling, Gwenethlin, Gwenniel; SMI/Gwedheling, Gwendelin; WJI/Gwendelin




ᴱ√GWENE¹ “*maiden; woman” ✧ LT1A/Urwen