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mellon is the Sindarin (and Noldorin) word for "friend".[1][2][3][4]

Didier Willis has suggested that the plural form is mellyn.[5]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Sindarin mellon derives from ?Old Sindarin melnā ("dear, beloved"), from the root MEL ("love").[3]

In the Etymologies, Noldorin mellon derives from the root MEL ("love (as friend)").[6]

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Phrases[edit | edit source]

It was the password into the Doors of Durin to enter Moria.[2]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347, (dated 17 December 1972), p. 424
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 41
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry mel-
  5. Didier Willis, Hiswelókë's Sindarin Dictionary at (accessed 18 July 2011)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 372