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Sindarin numbers

nêl,[1] or neleð,[2] is the number three (3, III) in Sindarin.

In Noldorin, the precursor of Sindarin, three is neledh, which evolved to neled in later Noldorin. The word derives from root NEL.[3][4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor: Appendix: The Eldarin numerals" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 25
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, pp. 6, 21 (note 23)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 376
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, pp. 92, 150 (note 6)