elen (pl. eleni or eldi) means "star" in Quenya.
- elenna "to a star": allative, also a name for Númenor.
- elelli "stars": partitive plural
- elenion "of stars": pl. genitive
- elenillor "from stars": pl. ablative
With the meaning "Elf"
El means "deity" in some Semitic languages, and is a common element in many Hebrew names, as happens with Elvish names.
Dante Alighieri in his De vulgari eloquentia suggests that the word El was the first sound emitted by Adam: While the first utterance of humans after birth is a cry of pain, Dante assumed that Adam could only have made an exclamation of joy, which at the same time was addressing his Creator.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Cirion and Eorl
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 127
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297, (dated August 1967), p. 385
- ↑ The Monsters and the Critics, Markirya