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Notable Elf-friends[edit | edit source]
- The Edain in general
- Bilbo Baggins
- Frodo Baggins
Other uses[edit | edit source]
Among the Edain and Dúnedain, the Elvish words for "Elf" and "star" were often confused, since they sounded similar. Thus Elendil or Elvellon was used by them to mean "Elf-friend", though it actually signifies "Devoted to the Stars".
Inspiration[edit | edit source]
The concept of the "Elf-friend" is recurrent in Tolkien's legendarium, both in meaning and in name. The name Ælfwine/Elfwine is an actual Old English personal name that means "Elf-friend" and has survived in modern times as Alboin or Alwin/Elwin. This word has been the basis for several characters and terms:
- Elfwine son of Éomer
- Ælfwine of England (also known as Eriol)
- Alwin Lowdham
See also[edit | edit source]
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
- Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Elf-friends"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Short Rest"