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noldo (earlier pronounced ngoldo or ŋoldo) is a noun meaning "One of the Noldor" in Quenya (the Noldor were the second tribe of Elves of the Great March).[1]

Noldo is also the name in Quenya of the nineteenth letter of the Tengwar alphabet.[1] It is the third letter of the fifth grade or Tyellë, which contains "nasal" consonants and it is the fifth letter in the third series of consonants. For written Quenya or Sindarin, the third series is used for the k-series, the Calmatéma and this letter represents initial NG or Ŋ. In Westron the third series is used for a variety of consonantal sounds and this letter represents NY.[2] The Westron name for this letter is Nyé.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The word derives from the Primitive Quendian root ÑGOL.[4]

[edit] See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters", Note, The names of the letters
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters"
  3. See Westron Tengwar
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", ÑGOL-