Q. Teler pn. “Last-comer, Hindmost”

Q. Teler, pn. “Last-comer, Hindmost”

Quenya name for the third tribe of Elves (PM/318), usually appear in the plural form Teleri (S/40; WJ/382). It was derived from the root √TELES “come at rear” (PE18/84; Ety/TELES), because “they tarried on the road and were not wholly of a mind to pass from the dusk to the light of Valinor” (S/53).

Conceptual Development: A similar name ᴱQ. Telelli appeared in the earliest Lost Tales, and its singular form ᴱQ. Telelle was glossed “little elf” in the Qenya Lexicon (QL/91). This early term applied to young Elves of all tribes, especially those talented in song (PE13/99; PE14/9). The related term ᴱQ. Teleri, however, referred specifically to the first tribe of Elves (LT1/50; PE14/9).

By the earliest drafts of the Silmarillion, however, Tolkien began to use ᴹQ. Teler as the term for the “Sea-elves”, the third tribe (SM/13). In The Etymologies from the 1930s, the name was given the derivation above (Ety/TELES), though initially it was because the third tribe “were the latest to awaken” (LR/168), not because they tarried on the march.

References ✧ LT1I/Solosimpi; MR/349; MRI/Teleri; PE18/73, 84; PM/318, 385; PMI/Teleri; S/53; SA/tel; SI/Teleri; UTI/Teleri; WJ/371, 382; WJI/Teleri

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Teleri plural   ✧ LT1I/Solosimpi; MRI/Teleri; PM/385; PMI/Teleri; S/53; SA/tel; UTI/Teleri; WJ/371; WJI/Teleri
Teleri plural “Those Behind” ✧ MR/349
Teleri plural “Last-comers, Enders” ✧ PE18/73
Teleri plural “Last-comers, the Hindmost” ✧ SI/Teleri
Teleri plural “those at the end of the line, hindmost” ✧ WJ/382
Teler- stem   ✧ PE18/84

Elements

-ro “an old agental formation” ✧ WJ/371 (-rŏ)

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KYELES > Teler- [kjelesi] > [tjelesi] > [tjelezi] > [tjeleri] ? [teleri] ✧ PE18/84
tel- > Teleri [telesi] > [telezi] > [teleri] ✧ SA/tel

ᴹQ. Teler pn. “a Teler”

See Q. Teler for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/TELES; LBI/Solosimpi; LR/168; LRI/Teleri; PE21/33; SM/85; SMI/Teleri

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Telellin nominative plural   ✧ PE21/33
Telerin nominative plural   ✧ PE21/33
Telelli partitive-plural   ✧ Ety/TELES: general plural
Teleri plural   ✧ Ety/TELES; LBI/Solosimpi; LRI/Teleri; SMI/Teleri
Teleri plural “The Last” ✧ LR/168
Teleri plural “Sea-elves” ✧ SM/85

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ᴹ√TELES > Teler [telesi] > [telezi] > [teleri] ✧ Ety/TELES

ᴱQ. Teler pn. “little elf”

See Q. Teler for discussion.

References ✧ LBI/Teleri; LR/165; LT1/50; LT1A/Telelli, Teleri; LT1I/Teleri; LT2I/Teleri; PE13/99, 154; PE14/9, 109; PE15/8; PME/91; QL/90; SM/13

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TELERI plural “fairies” ✧ PE13/99
Teleri plural   ✧ LBI/Teleri; LR/165; LT1/50; LT1A/Teleri; LT1I/Teleri; LT2I/Teleri; PE13/154; PE15/8
Teleri plural “Fairies” ✧ PE14/9
Teleri plural “fairies” ✧ PME/91
Teleri plural “Sea-elves” ✧ SM/13
Teleř plural “one of the Elf-kindreds” ✧ PME/91
teleř- stem   ✧ QL/90

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ᴱQ. Telelle pn. “little elf”

See Q. Teler for discussion.

References ✧ LT1/22; LT1A/Telelli; LT1I/Telelli; PE13/99; PE14/9; PME/91; QL/91

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TELELLER plural   ✧ PE13/99
Teleller plural “young or baby ‘Elves’ or fairies” ✧ PME/91
Telelli plural   ✧ LT1/22; LT1A/Telelli; LT1I/Telelli; PE14/9
Telellë plural   ✧ LT1I/Telelli
telelli plural   ✧ QL/91: irr. of above
telleli plural   ✧ QL/91
telellĭ- stem   ✧ QL/91

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Teler “little elf” ✧ QL/90

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