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celebrin is a Sindarin adjective meaning "like silver (in hue or worth)".[1] It is composed of the noun celeb ("silver") + -ren, an adjective suffix.[2]


Other versions of the legendarium

Words similar to, and with a similar meaning appear all the way to the earliest legendarium:

  • In Gnomish, a very early precursor to Sindarin associated with The Book of Lost Tales, there appear the adjectives celebriol and celebrin, meaning "like silver" and "of silver", respectively.[3]
  • In Noldorin, a somewhat later precursor to Sindarin, there appears the adjective celebren, likewise meaning "of silver, like silver".[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), entry S Celebrimbor, p. 42
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paul Strack, "S. celebrin adj.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 11 August 2022)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), entries celebriol and celebrin, p. 25
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry KYELEP-, pp. 366-7