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The Linnod was one of the three Elvish Verse Modes. The other two being the Ann-thennath, and the Minlamad thent/estent. The Linnod was a type of poetic meter intended for short sayings.

History[edit | edit source]

The verse form was used by Gilraen, the mother of Aragorn, in her linnod: Ónen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim, which translates to this: "I gave Hope to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself."[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The linnod can be broken up as follows: Sindarin lind = song, chant, singing; singer. odog = seven.[2]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  2. Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth: Patrick Wynne and Carl F. Hostetter, "Three Elvish Verse Modes: Ann-thennath, Minlamad thent / estent, and Linnod", pp. 113-120