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"Murmenalda - the awakening of the first Men" (Elmir and Ermon on the far right) by David Greset
Biographical Information
ParentageNone (awoke at Murmenalda)
ChildrenUnknown (possibly an ancestor of Ing)[2][note 1]
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Elmir

Elmir was, along with Ermon, one of the first two Men to be awakened at Murmenalda, according to the early legendarium in some of the outlines for the continuation of The Book of Lost Tales.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Nuin, Father of Speech by Tom Loback. Art from the back cover of Parma Eldalamberon 10.

Elmir and Ermon were awakened by an Elf called Nuin, one of the Ilkorindi, who, against the warnings of the wizard his lord, liked to wander far from his home in Palisor all the way to Murmenalda, and in one of these wanderings he stumbled upon the sleeping bodies of Men, the second children of Ilúvatar.

There, after waking Elmir and Ermon, Nuin taught them speech, and they, alone of all Men, witnessed the Sun rising in the West and setting in the East; sometime after, the rest of mankind awoke as well, and Nuin, Elmir and Ermon taught them speech in return - and the race of Men "grew in stature, and gathered knowledge of the Dark Elves".[3]

Afterwards, a servant of Melko called Fankil turned most Men against the Elves, and in the first war between Elves and Goblins, it is said that only the people of Ermon fought on the side of the Elves,[3] possibly implying that, either Elmir and his folk fought on the side of Melko, or that Elmir died before the war.

Ultimately, however, Elmir's fate is unknown.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Elmir might be in Ilkorin, according to Christopher Gilson, but its meaning is unclear.[4]


  1. In one text, Ing King of Luthany is said to be descended from both Ermon and Elmir. However, according to another text, Ing is the descendant of Ermon only.