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Telain

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'''Telain''' ([[Sindarin]], plural of ''Talan''<ref name="UT">{{UT|Galadriel}}</ref>), known in [[Westron]] as ''[[flets]]'', were platforms built in the trees by the [[Galadhrim]] [[Elves]] of [[Lothlórien]].
 
'''Telain''' ([[Sindarin]], plural of ''Talan''<ref name="UT">{{UT|Galadriel}}</ref>), known in [[Westron]] as ''[[flets]]'', were platforms built in the trees by the [[Galadhrim]] [[Elves]] of [[Lothlórien]].
  
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==History==
 
''Telain'' were built high up [[Mallorn]] trees, created in the space where the trunk of the tree divided into many branches; they lacked walls, or even rails, and were only accessible via a lowered ''[[hithlain]]'' rope-ladder. They were mainly used as guard-posts and watch-towers around the edges of [[Lothlórien]].<ref name="Loth">{{FR|Lorien}}</ref>  
 
''Telain'' were built high up [[Mallorn]] trees, created in the space where the trunk of the tree divided into many branches; they lacked walls, or even rails, and were only accessible via a lowered ''[[hithlain]]'' rope-ladder. They were mainly used as guard-posts and watch-towers around the edges of [[Lothlórien]].<ref name="Loth">{{FR|Lorien}}</ref>  
  
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:''Telain'' were retained in the film, although there were no moveable plaited screens or rope-ladders visible. In ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' the meeting with [[Galadriel]] and [[Celeborn (Lord of Lórien)|Celeborn]] took place inside a large hall built on a ''talan'',<ref name="Mirror">{{FR|Mirror}}</ref> whereas in the film it took place on an open ''talan''.
 
:''Telain'' were retained in the film, although there were no moveable plaited screens or rope-ladders visible. In ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' the meeting with [[Galadriel]] and [[Celeborn (Lord of Lórien)|Celeborn]] took place inside a large hall built on a ''talan'',<ref name="Mirror">{{FR|Mirror}}</ref> whereas in the film it took place on an open ''talan''.
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
In the ''[[Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth|Unfinished Tales]]'' it is stated that ''talan'' means "upclimber, high climber", being derived from the [[Quenya]] word ''[[amba]]'', meaning "up".<ref name="UT2">{{UT|Galadriel}}, note 16</ref> The name [[Amroth]] is suggested to be a nickname derived from his penchant for living in ''telain''.<ref name="UT">{{UT|Galadriel}}</ref>
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''Talan'' is derived from the root [[TAL]]-, which means "flat".  
  
 
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Telain (Sindarin, plural of Talan[1]), known in Westron as flets, were platforms built in the trees by the Galadhrim Elves of Lothlórien.

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History

Telain were built high up Mallorn trees, created in the space where the trunk of the tree divided into many branches; they lacked walls, or even rails, and were only accessible via a lowered hithlain rope-ladder. They were mainly used as guard-posts and watch-towers around the edges of Lothlórien.[2]

In Caras Galadhon, however, telain were more common and served more of a ceremonial function: it was on a house built on a talan that the Fellowship met with Galadriel and Celeborn.[3]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Telain were retained in the film, although there were no moveable plaited screens or rope-ladders visible. In The Lord of the Rings the meeting with Galadriel and Celeborn took place inside a large hall built on a talan,[3] whereas in the film it took place on an open talan.

Etymology

Talan is derived from the root TAL-, which means "flat".

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"