From Tolkien Gateway

Olos (variant spelling olor) is Quenya for "dream, vision / of mind". It is connected to Gandalf's Quenya name Olórin.[1][2][3]

The word derives from the root ÓLOS.[3]

Other versions of the legendarium

In Qenya, olor also means "dream", with the variant spelling olórë (used in Olórë Mallë).[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Istari"
  2. 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. 88
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies", p. 379
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I, pp. 259, 263