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The name Meril refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Meril (disambiguation).

Meril-i-Turinqi (alt. Meril-i-Túrinqi[1]) was the Lady of Tol Eressëa in the Book of Lost Tales. She was also known as the Lady of the Isle.

Meril was of the line of Inwe or Inwithiel, being his great-granddaughter, but was also akin of the Solosimpi. Long ago she had seen the Bay of Faery.[2]

Later she dwelled in a white house inside great korin (a great circular hedge around a green sward) of the most ancient elms, near Ingil's tower. She was of great beauty and accompanied by Elven maidens.[3][4]

Littleheart brought Eriol to her house who requested to taste some limpe, seeking kinship and fellowship with the Elves. Turinqi denied, telling him that it is dangerous for a mortal Man, as Iluvatar made his Children different, and drinking limpe would erase his old desires but awake new ones; she also warned him that he would some time long for his lands.[4] To explain better she told him the story of the Awakening of the Elves and their bliss in Valinor until afternoon.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Meril-i-Turinqi is a Qenya name. Her Gnomish name was Gwidhil Durinthir, or Gwithil i-Durinthi, meaning "Queen of Flowers".[5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, p. 72
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Cottage of Lost Play"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Chaining of Melko"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings", in Parma Eldalamberon XV (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), pp. 7, 9-10