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El is an Elvish root signifying "star".[1][2][3] "El" is frequently used as a prefix in Elvish names, such as in Elrond (star-dome) or Elrohir (star horse lord).



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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), p. 151 (form appearing as "√EL.", "√EL", "√EL-" and "EL")
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 355 (form appearing as "EL-"; the signification "starry sky" is added to "star")
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes and Translations", in The Road Goes Ever On (J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann), p. 73 (form appearing as "[t]he ancient element EL")