Minlamad thent/estent

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The Minlamad thent/estent was one of the three Elvish Verse Modes. The other two being the Ann-thennath, and the Linnod. The Minlamad thent/estent is typically used in narns, intending to be spoken rather than sung.


The verse form was used by the poet, Dírhaval, in his sole work, the Narn i Chîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)


The minlamad thent/estent can be broken up as follows: Sindarin minlamed = first-echoing, referring to alliteration. thent = short. The ending estent is likely derived from thent, possibly meaning very short. In poetic notation, a / indicates a stressed syllable. minlamed could be related to the Elvish root for sound, in which case, the meaning changes to one-sound-stop. In this case, the ann-thennath could mean long lines.[1]

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In ‘’Unfinished Tales (Page 146), Christopher Tolkien gave the term the name of Minlamed thent/estent. In The War of the Jewels (page 311/315, note #3), he revealed his mistake and that the term’s name actually was just Minlamad thent/estent.

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  1. 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. 121-2