S. Elurín m. “Remembrance of Elu”
Son of Dior and great-grandson of Elu Thingol (S/234), translated “Remembrance of Elu” (PM/372, note #8). His name is a combination of the name of his great-grandfather Elu and the noun rîn “remembrance” (PM/369, 372).
Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this character was initially named Ilk. Elbereth (SM/307). This name was designated Ilkorin in The Etymologies (Ety/BER) but was rejected, most likely because Tolkien introduced N. Elbereth as a name for Varda (Ety/BARATH). In the narratives of that period, Ilk. Elbereth was changed to Elrûn (LR/147 note #42) and so remained in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (WJ/351). The name S. Elurín did not appear until quite late; the etymology given above appeared only in a late essay on “The Problem of Ros” from 1968 (PM/369, 372).
References ✧ PM/369; PMI; SI; SMI/Eldûn, Eluréd
N. Elrûn m. “*East-star”
Earlier of Elurín (LR/147 note #42). This name also appeared in The Etymologies, where it seems to be a combination of el “star” and the lenited form of rhûn “east” (Ety/RŌ).
References ✧ Ety/RŌ; LR/147; LRI; PMI/Elurín; SM/325; SMI/Elbereth, Eldûn, Eluréd; WJI/Elboron, Eldún, Elrún; WRI
|rhûn||“east, eastern; †rising”||soft-mutation||✧ Ety/RŌ (rûn)|
Ilk. Elbereth m. “*Valor Star”
An earlier name for S. Elurín (LR/147). It appeared in The Etymologies containing Ilk. bereth “valor”, but both this word and the name were rejected, probably when Tolkien introduced N. Elbereth as a name of Varda (Ety/BER). Its initial element might be el “star”.
See S. Elurín for further discussion.
References ✧ Ety/BER; LR/147; LRI; PMI/Elurín; RSI; SM/325; SMI/Elbereth, Eldûn; WJI/Elboron; WRI
|bereth||“valor”||✧ Ety/BER (bereth)|