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Silmo

Silmo, an Ainu only appearing in the earliest versions of the legendarium, was appointed guardian of the tree Silpion — to be "ever mindful" of the watering of the tree. For this task, he was chosen by the Vala Lórien, who loved the youthful Silmo.[1]

He wanted to steer the Moon but could not do it and so Manwë appointed Ilinsor.[2]

Christopher Tolkien has suggested that the Maia Tilion (a later creation) "perhaps owes something to the figure of Silmo".[3]

[edit] Etymology

Silmo is a Qenya name. His name in Gnomish was Thilim (containing the masculine ending -im).[4]

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References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "III. The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", pp. 73-4
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "VIII. The Tale of the Sun and Moon", pp. 192-5
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "III. The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor": "Notes and Commentary", p. 88
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), pp. 12-3