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sil- means "shine" in Quenya.[1] It implies a white or silver light, often used when describing stars or the Moon.[2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word derives from the root SIL/THIL "shine silver".[3][4]

Forms[edit | edit source]

  • síla ("3rd person singular present")[2]

Examples[edit | edit source]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", sil-
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. 13
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", pp. 385, 392
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347, (dated 17 December 1972), p. 425