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Elda

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Elda was a Quenya adjective meaning "of the stars"[1] which came to mean the noun Eldo, "one of the people of the Stars", later merged and became Elda (pl. eldar, p.pl eldali[2]).

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Etymology

Common Eldarin eldâ, an adjectival formation meaning "connected or concerned with the stars" itself coming from an earlier PQ eledâ[3][4] from Root ELED[5]

Other forms

  • poss. sg. eldava "Elf's"[6]
  • gen. pl. eldaron "of Elves"[7]
  • dative pl. eldain "for Elves"[8]
  • poss. pl. Eldaiva, Eldaive "Elves'"[9]

Cognates

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, p. 362
  2. Vinyar Tengwar 49, p. 8
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 281, (dated 15 December 1965)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, p. 360
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, p. 407
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, p. 368
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Fíriel's Song, p. 72
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels p. 368