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Niphredil

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Niphredil was a small white flower that grew first at the moment of Lúthien's birth in Doriath. It was also found among the golden trees of Lothlórien, thickest on Cerin Amroth, where some pale green varieties could be seen.

It was like "a delicate kin of a snowdrop."[1]

Etymology

The name means "little pallor" (niphred + -il) possible OS *nimphretil-.

The name perhaps refers to its snow-like appearance.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 312, (dated 16 November 1969)