Q. Noldo [ñ] pn. “one of the wise folk, Gnome”

Q. Noldo [ñ], pn. “one of the wise folk, Gnome”

An Elf of the second tribe, known as “The Wise” (WJ/383). Their name developed from the primitive root √ÑGOL¹ having to do with wisdom (PM/360, WJ/383).

Conceptual Development: The name ᴱQ. Noldo dates back to the earliest Lost Tales, and in the Qenya Lexicon from the 1910s, where it already had the derivation given above (QL/67). In Tolkien’s earlier writings, he often translated this name as “Gnome”, in the sense of the Greek origin of this word (having to do with thought and wisdom) rather than that of a dwarf-like creature. This translation of ᴹQ. Noldo continued to appear in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/201), but became less common in Tolkien’s later writings, and was not used in the published version of The Silmarillion.

In Tolkien’s earliest writings, the plural form of this word was usually ᴱQ. Noldoli (LT1/21), but by the 1930s this had been replaced by ᴹQ. Noldor (LR/119), the form that was used thereafter.

In notes from the 1950s, Tolkien considered an alternate etymology of this name from the root √ÑGOL² “dark-hued, dark-brown” referring to their dark hair (PE17/125), just as the tribal name of the Vanya referred to their fair hair. Presumably he considered this alternate origin because the newly-awakened Noldor would not yet have been known for their wisdom, but there is no evidence that this alternate etymology was anything other than a transient idea.

References ✧ LBI/Noldor; Let/176; LotR/1123; LotRI/Eldar, Noldor; MR/230, 350, 470; MRI/Noldor; PE17/86, 125, 153; PE18/73; PE19/76; PM/30, 360; PMI/Noldor; RC/736; S/87; SA/golodh, gûl; SI/Golodhrim, Noldor; UTI/Noldor; VT39/16; WJ/364, 380, 383; WJI/Goldo, Golodh, Noldor

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Noldorion genitive plural   ✧ PM/30
Ñoldoron genitive plural “of the Noldor” ✧ VT39/16
Noldor plural   ✧ LBI/Noldor; LotRI/Eldar; LotRI/Noldor; MR/230; MRI/Noldor; PE17/86; PMI/Noldor; SA/gûl; UTI/Noldor; WJI/Noldor
Noldor plural “Masters of Lore” ✧ Let/176
Noldor plural “those that have knowledge” ✧ PE18/73
Noldor plural “the Wise” ✧ SI/Noldor
Ñoldor plural “lore-masters” ✧ MR/350
Ñoldor plural   ✧ WJ/380
Ñoldor plural “the Wise” ✧ WJ/383

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ngolodō > Ñoldor [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ MR/350
ngolodō > noldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ MR/350
ngolodõ > Noldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ MR/470
AQ. ñolda > ŋoldo > noldo [ŋgoldo] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ PE17/125
ñgolodō > ñoldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ PE17/153
ñgolodō > ñoldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ PE19/76
Ñgolodō > Noldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ PM/360
ngol- > Noldor [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ SA/gûl
ñgolodō > Ñoldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ WJ/364
ñgolodō > Ñoldor [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ WJ/380
ñgolodō > Ñoldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ WJ/383

ᴹQ. Noldo pn. “one of the wise folk, Gnome”

See Q. Noldo for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/ÑGOLOD; EtyAC/ÑGOL; LBI/Golodh; LR/119, 168; LRI/Noldoli, Noldor; PE18/23, 40; PE19/36, 58; PE21/8; PE22/19, 22, 51; RSI/Noldor; SDI2/Noldor; SM/85; SMI/Golodh, Noldor; TI/167; TII/Noldor; WRI/Noldor

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Noldoli plural   ✧ LR/119; LRI/Noldoli
Noldoli plural “Deep-elves” ✧ SM/85
Noldor plural   ✧ LR/119; LRI/Noldoli; LRI/Noldor; PE19/36; RSI/Noldor; SDI2/Noldor; SMI/Noldor; WRI/Noldor
Noldor plural “The Wise” ✧ LR/168
Noldor plural “Gnomes” ✧ PE18/23
Noldor plural “Elven-wise” ✧ TI/167; TII/Noldor

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ᴹ√ÑGÓLOD > noldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ Ety/ÑGOLOD
ᴹ√ŊGÓLODŌ > ŋoldo > noldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ PE18/40
ᴹ✶ñgolodō > ñoldo [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ PE19/36
ᴹ✶ñgòlodṓ > ñgoldṓ [ŋgolodō] > [ŋgoldō] > [ŋoldō] > [ŋoldo] > [noldo] ✧ PE19/58

ᴱQ. Noldo pn. “Gnome”

See Q. Noldo for discussion.

References ✧ GG/13; GL/32, 41; LBI/Golda, Noldoli; LT1/21, 50, 162; LT1A/Noldoli; LT1I/Noldoli, Noldor; LT2I/Noldoli, Noldor; PE13/99, 145; PE14/9, 42, 45, 47-48, 71, 79, 81; PE15/72; PME/67; QL/67; SM/13; SMI/Noldoli; WJI/Noldor

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noldantar allative plural “to the gnomes” ✧ PE14/47
noldolinta(r) allative plural   ✧ PE14/47
noldolinta(r) allative plural   ✧ PE14/79
noldontar allative plural “to the gnomes” ✧ PE14/79
Noldolion genitive plural “of the Gnomes” ✧ PE14/48
Noldolion genitive plural “of (or among) the Gnomes” ✧ PE14/81
noldolion genitive plural “of ... gnomes” ✧ PE14/42; PE14/71
NOLDOR plural “Gnomes” ✧ PE13/99
Noldoli plural   ✧ GL/32; LBI/Noldoli; LT1/50; LT1A/Noldoli; LT2I/Noldoli; PE13/145; PE14/9; SMI/Noldoli; WJI/Noldor
Noldoli plural “Gnomes” ✧ LT1/21; LT1I/Noldoli
Noldoli plural “Gnomes, Deep-elves” ✧ SM/13
Noldor plural   ✧ LT1/162; LT1I/Noldor; LT2I/Noldor; PE14/9
noldoli plural “gnomes” ✧ PE14/42; PE14/71

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