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alph, pl. eilph is the Sindarin word for "swan".[1][2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

From OS alpha, from Common Telerin alpa, itself from PQ alkwâ (root ÁLAK).[3][4]

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Cognates[edit | edit source]

The form is given to be common both in Noldorin and Ilkorin.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix D: The Port of Lond Daer" (Note to discussion of the name Glanduin)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Pronunciation of Words and Names", "Consonants"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", alqua
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", ÁLAK