Q. Ingwë m. “Chief”
Lord of the first tribe of the Elves and the high king of Elvenkind (S/52, 62). His name is ancient and its original meaning is unclear, but it is sometimes translated as “Chief”, and is interpreted as a combination of the root √ING “first, foremost” and the suffix -wë common in ancient names (PM/340).
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, this character was first named ᴱQ. Ing, but this was soon changed to ᴱQ. Inwe (LT1/22). The form become ᴹQ. Ingwe in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/13, LR/214), and the derivation for Ingwë discussed above had already emerged in The Etymologies (Ety/ING, WEG).
References ✧ MRI; PM/340; PMI; SI; WJI
|√ING||“*highest, top”||✧ PM/340|
|-wë||“name-suffix (often masculine)”||✧ PM/340|
ᴹQ. Ingwe m. “Prince of Elves”
References ✧ Ety/ING, WEG; EtyAC/ING; LBI/Ingwë, Inwë; LR/165, 171, 193; LRI/Ingwë; LT1I/Ingwë, Inwë; LT2I/Ingwë, Inwë; PE22/23; SM/13, 84; SMI/Ing, Ingwë
|-we²||“abstract suffix”||✧ Ety/WEG|
|ᴹ✶wegō||“man; warrior”||✧ Ety/ING (wege)|
ᴱQ. Inwe m.
References ✧ GL/51; LBI/Inwë, Inwithiel; LR/165; LRI/Ingwë; LT1/22; LT1A/Inwë, Inwithiel; LT1I/Ing, Inwë, Inwithiel; LT2I/Ing, Inwë, Inwir, Inwithiel; PE13/99, 103, 105; PE15/7, 28; PME/43; QL/42; SMI/Ingwë, Inwë