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Telumehtar

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This article is about the constellation. For the king of Gondor, see Telumehtar Umbardacil.

Telumehtar (Quenya "Warrior of the Sky") is another name of the constellation Menelmacar. It is known in our world as Orion.

Behind this name lies an early story about a Vala named Telimektar, son of Tulkas, who apparently was conversed into the constellation of Orion1. Apart from the story of Telimektar there are two mentions of Telumehtar the Constellation:

  1. The name is quoted as an example of the pronunciation of the consonant /H/ with a reference to Orion, explained in a footnote: "usually called in Sindarin Menelvagor, --- Q[uenya] Menelmacar"2.
  2. With the translation "Warrior of the Sky", as an older name for Menelmakil, Orion3.

References

  1. The Book of Lost Tales Part 1.
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E.
  3. The War of the Jewels, page 411.