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'''Kelvar''' is an [[Elvish]] word probably derived from the stem kel-, meaning 'go' or 'run'. It was used by the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Yavanna]] to refer to that part of her natural realm capable of moving or escaping, as opposed to the [[olvar]] which were rooted in place. The terms kelvar and olvar, then, refer respectively to animal and plant life, and are essentially equivalent in meaning to fauna and flora.  
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'''Kelvar''' was a name used by the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Yavanna]] to refer to that part of her natural realm capable of moving or escaping, as opposed to the [[olvar]] which were rooted in place. The terms kelvar and olvar, then, refer respectively to animal and plant life, and are essentially equivalent in meaning to fauna and flora.<ref name=S2>{{S|2}}</ref>
  
After the awakening of the [[Elves]], some of the kelvar were said to have been inhabited by powerful spirits. Most famous among these were the great [[Eagles]] that overlooked events in [[Middle-earth]] from their mountainous eyries.
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After the awakening of the [[Elves]], some of the kelvar were said to have been inhabited by powerful spirits. Most famous among these were the great [[Eagles]] that overlooked events in [[Middle-earth]] from their mountainous eyries.<ref name=S2/>
  
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==Etymology==
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'''Kelvar''' is an [[Elvish]] word probably derived from the stem kel-, meaning 'go' or 'run'.{{fact}}
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In [[Noldorin|Gnomish]], one of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s early conceptions of an [[Elvish|Elven]] language, the word for "living creature, animal" is ''cuid''.<ref>{{PE|11}}, p. 26</ref>
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Kelvar was a name used by the Vala Yavanna to refer to that part of her natural realm capable of moving or escaping, as opposed to the olvar which were rooted in place. The terms kelvar and olvar, then, refer respectively to animal and plant life, and are essentially equivalent in meaning to fauna and flora.[1]

After the awakening of the Elves, some of the kelvar were said to have been inhabited by powerful spirits. Most famous among these were the great Eagles that overlooked events in Middle-earth from their mountainous eyries.[1]

Etymology

Kelvar is an Elvish word probably derived from the stem kel-, meaning 'go' or 'run'.[source?]

In Gnomish, one of Tolkien's early conceptions of an Elven language, the word for "living creature, animal" is cuid.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Aulë and Yavanna"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 26