Shadow Folk

From Tolkien Gateway

The Shadow Folk were the fays that inhabited Hisilómë, according to the early version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales.

After the Gnomes reached the Great Lands during their exile, they had dealings[note 1][1] with the Shadow Folk in Hisilómë, of whom it is said that they were neither "of the Valar nor of Melko", and that they came from the primeval void "when the world was first fashioned".[2]

Other names

The Shadow Folk were also called the Úvalear,[1] presumably in Qenya.

Other versions of the legendarium

In the earlier versions of The Book of Lost Tales, the term Shadow Folk was a name given by Men to the Ilkorindi who inhabited Hisilómë before their arrival.[3]


  1. An earlier text says that the Gnomes had "trouble" with the Shadow Folk, instead.