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telpë,[1] or tyelpë,[2] tyelep-,[3] telep,[1] are Quenya words for "silver".

[edit] Etymology

In a letter, Tolkien stated that the form tyelpe derives from Primitive Elvish kyelepē.[4]

It appears like tyelpe is the most ancient (or "pure") Quenya word for silver; the form telpe, which became the usual form among the Quenya-speaking Elves, was borrowed from (or influenced by) Telerin telpe (itself apparently a later form of the original Telerin form telepi).[4][3][2][5]

Christopher Tolkien has noted that tyelep-, tyelpe derive from root KYELEP.[3] In The Etymologies, telpe, tyelpe derive from root KYELEP/TELEP.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry celeb
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", p. 356 (note 4)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix E: The Names of Celeborn and Galadriel"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347, (dated 17 December 1972), p. 426
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", pp. 366-7