Q. Linda pn. “Singer”
The name that the Teleri used to refer to themselves, usually appearing in the plural form Lindar and glossed “The Singers” (SI/Teleri, UT/286). They were so called because in legend, they sang before they could speak with words (WJ/382). The name was derived from the root √LIN² “sing” (SA/lin, WJ/382).
Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name was used for the first tribe, with the gloss “The Fair” (LR/168). It usually appeared as a collective noun, but sometimes appeared in the singular (PE22/51). In The Etymologies, it is given as ᴹQ. linda “fair, beautiful (of sound)” used as a name (Ety/LIND). In later writings, the name of the first tribe became the Vanyar, and Tolkien repurposed this name as another name of the third tribe with a slightly different derivation and meaning.
References ✧ MR/349; MRI/Lindar; PE18/73; PMI/Lindar; SA/lin²; SI/Teleri; UT/253, 286; UTI/Lindar; WJ/378, 380, 382; WJI/Glinnel, Lindar
|Lindar||plural||“Singers”||✧ MR/349; SI/Teleri; UT/253; UT/286; UTI/Lindar|
|Lindar||plural||✧ MRI/Lindar; PE18/73; SA/lin²; WJ/378; WJ/380; WJ/382; WJI/Glinnel; WJI/Lindar|
|√lin- > Lindar||[lindar]||✧ SA/lin²|
|✶Lindaī > Lindar||[lindar]||✧ WJ/378|
|✶lindā > Lindar||[lindā] > [linda]||✧ WJ/380|
|✶Lindā > Lindar||[lindā] > [linda]||✧ WJ/382|
ᴹQ. Linda pn. “Elf of Lindarin kindred”
References ✧ Ety/LIND; LR/112, 147, 165, 168, 171; LRI/Lindar, Qendi, Vanyar; MR/174; MRI/Lindar; PE22/51; PM/62; PMI/Lindar; RSI/Lindar; SM/86, 168; SMI/Lindar; TII/Lindar
|Lindar||plural||✧ Ety/LIND; LR/112; LR/147; LR/165; LRI/Qendi; LRI/Vanyar; MRI/Lindar; PM/62; PMI/Lindar; RSI/Lindar; SM/86; SM/168; SMI/Lindar; TII/Lindar|
|Lindar||plural||“The Fair”||✧ LR/168; LRI/Lindar|
|linda||“fair, beautiful (of sound)”||✧ Ety/LIND|