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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 284 - Research and development

13th June 2016 (22:19)

Random question (actually, something I saw being asked elsewhere online): Is there a canonical singular form of the Sindarin word 'Galadhrim'? ('Tree-folk', referring to the people of Lothlórien.) After some research I guessed at Galadhel ('tree-elf') but I'd be inrerested to know if it's been discussed already elsewhere and a consensus reached. The same question would go for other Sindarin nation-names like Gondolindrim and Iathrim.

    Part 284: Research and develoment

    Next time: Part 285: Plan B... or is it C now?

    Chibis by the now-dead website formerly known as tektek.org
    Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
    Questions and comments welcome!


    Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
    Posted at: 15th June 2016 13:19 (UTC)

    I think there is no real singular to "rim". It's just a suffix that pretty much means "the people/dwellers of"
    Like most things Tolkien this has been discussed many times, aafaik there's no real census. Or the census is that there just isn't a singular, like with the word "foliage" or "water", or come to think of it "people" Sure you can say leaf, drop of water(?) and person but they aren't the singular form of the mentioned words.

    Personally I think Elves would say "One of the Galadhrim"

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