Q. Ingwi coll. “People of Ingwë, Chieftains”
Alternate Forms: In a few places in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s, this name appeared instead as Ingar (MR/230, 265). It also appeared in an alternate plural form Ingwer and genitive plural Ingweron (PM/340). This last example seems to be an irregular plural, since the plural of nouns ending in -e are usually formed by changing this vowel to an -i (WJ/361). See the entry for the Quenya plural nouns for further discussion.
Conceptual Development: This name first appeared as ᴱQ. Inwir (LT1/50) derived from the older name of their leader: ᴱQ. Inwe. At this stage the name referred only the royal house of the first tribe (QL/42). In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, the form changed to ᴹQ. Ingwi, but still referred only to the royal house (LR/171). In Tolkien’s writing from the 1950s and later, the term expanded to include all Elves of the first tribe (MR/230; PM/332, 340).
References ✧ MR/230, 265; MRI/Ingar; PE17/154-155; PM/332, 340; PMI/Ingwer
|Ingweron||genitive plural; er-plural||“of the chieftains”||✧ PM/340|
|Ingwer||plural; er-plural||“Chieftains”||✧ PM/340|
|Ingwer||plural; er-plural||“Vanyar”||✧ PMI/Ingwer|
ᴹQ. Ingwi coll.
References ✧ LR/171; LRI
|Ingwe||“Prince of Elves”||plural||✧ LR/171|
ᴱQ. Inwir coll. “Kindred of Inwë”
References ✧ GL/32, 51; LRI; LT1/50; LT1A/Inwir; LT1I; LT2I; PE13/99; PE14/9; QL/36, 42
|inwe||singular||“one of the royal house of the Eldar”||✧ QL/42|
|Inwe||✧ LT1A/Inwë; LT2I/Inwir|