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Meleth (nurse)

This article is about the nurse of Eärendil in Gondolin. For the mother of Hunthor and Manthor, see Meleth.
Meleth
Elf
Maivolchica - Meleth & young Earendil.jpg
"Meleth & young Earendil" by Maivolchica
Biographical Information
PositionNurse
LocationGondolin
AffiliationHouse of the Wing
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Meleth

Meleth was the nurse of Eärendel, according to the early version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales. She took care of him during the first years of his life in Gondolin. She also told him tales about Melko, which made him cry when the lights of the enemy appeared in his chamber during the Fall of Gondolin.[1] It is unknown if she survived with the exiles.

[edit] Etymology

meleth is Gnomish for "love".[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "III. The Fall of Gondolin", p. 174
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I, entry "Nessa"