Category: sindarin

Elvish Months of the Year: August

In the High-Elven tongue, the eighth month of the year was named Úrimë (Urui being its Sindarin equivalent). Now, the root úr— comes from the Quenya word úrë, meaning ‘heat’. From this, we can conclude that Úrimë was the month of hot weather.

July—another month gone by, and with that comes a new Elvish Lesson. So in the High-elven tongue, the seventh month of the year was named Cermië (Cerveth being its Sindarin equivalent). As to the meaning of that name, there are actually surprisingly few references. However, in my research I did discover that one of the meanings of the Quenya root ‘cerm’ is ‘to give’. By this, I’m assuming that Cermië was the month of harvest or plenty (though don’t take my word for it).

As for the above picture, July always reminds me of Lothlórien somehow.

June at last, which means summer is finally here! To celebrate (and because it has become a bit of a tradition on this blog) let’s do a bit of Elvish, shall we?

So, in the High-elven tongue, the sixth month of the year was named Nárië. (Nórui was its Sindarin equivalent.)

Now, the root nár— is a direct reference to the Quenya word for ‘fire’. In fact, one of the Three Elven Rings that Gandalf bore was named Narya (The Ring of Fire).

In this context, however, nár is most likely a reference to the heat of the Sun (which was named Anar in Quenya).

Thus, Nárië was the month that signified the coming of summer.

Thus May comes to an end …

Speaking of May, did you know that the fifth month of the year was named Lótessë in the High-elven tongue? Lothron was its Sindarin equivalent. Both were derived from the Elvish root loth, meaning ‘flower’, in reference to the blossoming typically associated with this time of year.

As Samwise Gamgee once put it:

In western lands beneath the Sun

the flowers may rise in Spring

Elvish Lesson #19

Balrog [Sindarin]

Bal = ‘power’/‘might’ | rog = ‘demon’

= ‘Demon of power/might’ or ‘Powerful/mighty demon’

Elvish Lesson #18

Nim [Sindarin]

= ‘White’

For further reference:

  • Nimrodel (An Elven-maid of old) = ‘Lady of the White Grotto’
  • Nimloth (Daughter of Galathil OR White Tree of Númenor) = ‘White Flower or Blossom’

Elvish Lesson #17

Loth [Sindarin]

= ‘Flower’ or ‘blossom’

For further reference:

  • Lothlórien (‘Lórien of the Blossom’; ‘Dreamflower’)
  • Nimloth (‘White Blossom’)

Elvish Lesson #16

Mor [Sindarin]

= ‘Black’

For further reference:

  • Mordor (‘Black Land’)
  • Morannon (‘Black Gate’)
  • Minas Morgul (‘Tower of Black Sorcery’)

Elvish Lesson #13

Mith [Sindarin]

= ‘Grey’

For further reference:

  • Mithrandir (One of Gandalf’s many names; ‘Grey Wanderer’)
  • Mithlond (‘Grey Havens’)

Update on ‘Elvish Lessons’:

Hi there, fellow Tolkien-enthusiasts.

From now on, I will be posting ‘Elvish Lessons’ on a weekly basis.

If you have any particular Elvish words or names in mind that you want me to research, I will be happy to take them into account.

As you may have noticed, the words included in my ‘Elvish Lessons’ so far have only included those of the Sindarin language. Please let me know if you’re interested in learning more about Quenya as well, and I will look into it (although the resources may be more limited in comparison to Sindarin).

I would like to say that ‘Elvish Lessons’ has really taken off since I first started it and I’m glad so many of you are enjoying them.

Kind regards,

The Tolkien Enthusiast 🍂