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Ivárë was a famous Elven minstrel, named along with Tinfang Warble and Dairon as one of the "three most magic players of the Elves", according to the early legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales.[1]

In the Gnomish Lexicon he is called a "piper of the sea",[2] possibly indicating that he was one of the Solosimpi, a group of Elves who in the later legendarium became the Teleri of Aman.[3][note 1]


The name Ivárë is Qenya, but its meaning is unclear.[4] Its Gnomish cognate is Ior.[2]

Other versions of the legendarium

In The Lay of Leithian, the three greatest Elven minstrels are mentioned again as Tinfang, Dairon and Maglor; Maglor was a later change from an earlier draft, in which he replaced Ivárë.[5]


  1. In The Book of Lost Tales another name for the Solosimpi was the "Shoreland Pipers", and, as the Teleri in the later legendarium, they were closely associated with sea and music.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "I. The Tale of Tinúviel", p. 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 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), p. 51
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "II. The Music of the Ainur", Commentary on the Link between The Cottage of Lost Play and The Music of the Ainur, p. 50
  4. Paul Strack, "ᴱQ. Ivárë m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 4 April 2022)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "III. The Lay of Leithian: Canto III (Beren's meeting with Lúthien)", Commentary on Canto III, p. 182