Elvish names that appear in "The Lord of the Rings" books include the Sindarin names Celeborn, Erestor, Fëanor, Galadriel, Gil-Galad, Lindir, Círdan, Haldir and Legolas. Quenyan Elvish names include Arafinwë, Eärendil and Itarildë. Tolkien created a total of four Elvish languages. The most complete and frequently used in the books are Quenya and Sindarin.Continue Reading
Most of Tolkien's Elvish names have meanings within their Elvish languages. Celeborn means "silver tree" in Sindarin, Erestor means "lone namer" and Fëanor means "spirit of flame." In addition, Galadriel means "maiden crowned with a radiant garland," Gil-Galad means "star of brilliance," Lindir means "singer," Círdan means "ship wright," Haldir" means "hidden or exalted male" and Legolas means "green leaf." Translations of Quenyan names include "noble Finwë" for Arafinwë, "lover of the sea" for Eärendil and "sparkling brilliance" for Itarildë. Gildor Inglorion means "land of a star" and "son of Inglor," Elrond means"star cave," Celebrimbor means "silver hand," Galdor means "land of light" and Glorfindel means "golden braided hair."
In Eldarin, a very ancient Elvish tongue, the name Finwë means "skilled one" and the name Ingwë means "first one." From another ancient Elvish language, Doriathrin, comes the name Lúthien Tinúviel meaning "enchantress and daughter of the starry twilight."Learn more about Literature