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SloganAn Elvish Lexicon
LanguageEnglish (Includes optional glosses in Russian and Polish)
OwnerPaul Strack
Launch Date2008
(last version — generated 11 December 2022)

Eldamo (Elvish Data Model), or An Elvish Lexicon, is a linguistic website launched in 2008, compiling a lexicon of Tolkien's invented languages. The website is maintained by Paul Strack and, despite its name, does include all of Tolkien's languages, not only the Eldarin family.

The website does not only work as a dictionary, but as a full lexicon that analyzes the relationships between words and the conceptual development of Tolkien's languages through his lifetime. Therefore the invented languages are divided by three periods: Early (1910-30), Middle (1930-50) and Late (1950-73). The entries are extensively sourced.

It also contains a detailed analysis of the grammar and phonetic development of Quenya, Sindarin and Adûnaic. Optionally, a lexicon of commonly used and well accepted Neo-Elvish vocabulary is included, drawn from Helge Fauskanger's New Testament in Neo-Quenya, or the Parma Penyanë Quettaron, among others.

Its content is derived from an XML data model, which can be used freely in accordance with the Creative Commons license (with attribution).

As can be noticed, Tolkien Gateway uses Eldamo widely as reference for names that are not glossed in the main sources.