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Tinúviel (S, pron. [tiˈnuːvjel]) is a Sindarin poetic term, though not a literal name, for the 'Nightingale'. This name was first given to Lúthien of Doriath by Beren when he first saw her dancing in the forest.[1]


[edit] Etymology

The word derives from Primitive Quendian tindômiselde. Literally it means "Daughter of Twilight".[2]

It can be analyzed as tinnu(w) + sell.[source?]

[edit] Cognates

[edit] See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry TIN, SEL-D