Q. Elwë m.
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, the leader of the third tribe of Elves was named Sol. Ellu (LT1/155), though at this early stage the character was distinct from the contemporanerous character that would develop into Thingol (G. Tinwelint). The name changed to (Telerin?) Elu with one l in very early Silmarillion drafts (SM/13, 85), and was given the Qenya cognate of ᴱQ. Elwe.
In the Annals of Beleriand from the 1930s, ᴹQ. Elwe was identified as the brother of Thingol (SM/264) and so remained in Silmarillion drafts of that period (LR/217). In The Etymologies, ᴹQ. Elwe was first derived from the root √ƷEL “sky”, with a later note indicating it should be transferred to √EL “star” (Ety/ƷEL). It was not until Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s that this name was assigned to Thingol, at which point his brother was renamed to Q. Olwë (MR/82).
References ✧ LBI/Elu; LT2I/Elwë Singollo; MR/217; MRI; PE17/189; PM/340, 369; PMI/Elwë, Thingol; SI/Elu, Elwë; UTI/Elu, Elwë; VT41/8; WJ/369; WJI
|-wë||“ancient name suffix (usually but not always masculine)”||✧ PM/340|
|√EL||“lo, behold; star”||✧ PM/340|
ᴹQ. Elwe m.
References ✧ Ety/ƷEL, WEG; EtyAC/ÉLED; LRI/Elwë; PE22/23; SM/85; SMI/Elu, Elwë
|-we²||“abstract suffix”||✧ Ety/WEG|
|ᴹ√WEG||“(manly) vigour”||✧ Ety/ƷEL|