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General Information
Other namesTwilight people
OriginsIlkorindi who followed the fay
possibly Tareg
Physical Description
DistinctionsVery keen eyesight[1]

The Hisildi was the name of the Elves who chose to stay in Palisor near Koivië-néni, and became followers of the fay , according to the early version of the legendarium in some of the outlines for the continuation of The Book of Lost Tales.

They were a subset of Ilkorindi, the Elves that had never reached Kôr.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Tû and the Hisildi[edit | edit source]

The fay , a wizard more capable of performing acts of magic than any other being, save except those living in Valinor, was also a wanderer, and in one of his wanderings he came across the Ilkorindi, the Elves of Palisor. The Elves living there were immediately drawn to him, as he had taught them, and instructed them in deep knowledge - eventually, he became a mighty king among them.

The Ilkorin tales later called him the Lord of Gloaming, and all the Ilkorindi under his rule were called Hisildi or the twilight people.[1]

Nuin and the Awakening of Men[edit | edit source]

One particularly famous Hisildë was a wise Elf named Nuin. He was the one who stumbled upon the first Men in Murmenalda while they were still asleep, awaiting their Awakening.[1]

He played an important role in the development of humanity, since he was the one who thought them speech - hence his nickname the Father of Speech. He was the one who awoke Ermon and Elmir, the first Men to awaken, after which the rest of Men learned to speak; and they spread all over Palisor, gaining the knowledge of the Hisildi, and from there went in all directions of the world - and a great age passed.[2]

The War of Palisor[edit | edit source]

However, a servant of Melko called Fankil, along with Goblins and Dwarves[note 1], alienated most of the Men against the Elves. And in the first war between Goblins and Elves, called the War of Palisor, of Men only the folk of Ermon sided with the Elves. The famed Nuin also fought there, but in the end he died at the hands of Goblins "through the treachery of Men".[2]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Fortunately, one Ilkorin called Tareg evidently managed to escape, and hearing a rumour of the returned Noldoli fighting Melko in the North-west, he immediately decided to march there.

Finally, of Tû, the fay-king of the Hisildi, it is said that after the proliferation of Men and their growth in stature, he "faded before the Sun and hid in the bottomless caverns".[2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Hisildi is in Qenya. It is glossed as "Twilight People, Dark Elves", possibly being an elaboration on hísë ("dusk").[3]

Other names[edit | edit source]

In some of the earlier outlines of the story of the Hisildi, several other alternative names were given for them: Humarni, Kaliondi and Lómëarni.[4]

The names Humarni and Kaliondi are in Qenya, but their meaning is unclear.[3]

The name Lómëarni is likewise in Qenya. The first part of the name, lómear, is glossed as "Child of Gloom" in the Qenya Lexicon, a combination of lómë ("gloom") and ar ("child"); with Lómëarni being the plural form of Lómëar.[5]

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. At this early phase of the legendarium, Dwarves were overwhelmingly portrayed in a negative light.