The Golden and the Black

Glossary of Elvish (Legit and Otherwise)

At the end of each chapter I listed the Sindarin, Quenya, Gnomish and Qenya words and phrases making an appearance in the fic for the first time. Since a lot of readers are unlikely to remember words used ten or even five chapters earlier, I’m collating most of them here. Unfortunately, I didn’t document where I got them all from, but I think most of them are from the Realelvish (phrasebooks) and Parf Edhellen (dictionary) websites. I realized a few may be outdated as they were from the old Realelvish site, but I still like them.

Italics = Words that are my own invention, or wordforms/phrases I constructed myself with limited knowledge of grammar or appropriateness. Those that were checked with dreamingfifi of Realelvish are labelled as such. All the others—use at your peril.

A smattering of Westron and Khuzdul appears too.


A cálë (Q) – light/illuminate (imperative)

A cuiva (Q) – awaken (imperative)

Á puhta [Q] – imperative form of “to have coitus”

Á pusta (Q) – stop

Abedithon le (S) – talk to you later

Adan (S) – mortal man

Adaneth (S) – mortal woman

Ada/Adar (S) – Daddy/Father

Alae (S) – behold/look there

Alae Aman! Na vedui! (S) – Behold Aman! At last!

Amatúlië [Q] – welcome (plural)

Amatúlya (Q) – blessed arrival / welcome (singular)

Amil (Q) - mother

Ammë (Q) – Mom/Mommy

Amya & Milyë (Q) – both also mean ‘mommy’/ ‘mama’

Anar síla lúmenn’ omentielvo (Q) – The sun shines on the hour of our meeting.

Anelya (Q) – my daughter

Ánin apsene (Q) = forgive me

Anor ar Isil (S) – sun and moon

Apsa (Q) – meat, cooked food

Apsenin-tyë [Q] – I forgive you

Aran vuin (S) – beloved king

Aranelya (Q) – my princess

Aranion (S) – son of the king (suggested by dreamingfifi on realelvish.proboards.com)

Arathel (S) – sister of the king (by dreaming fifi)

Arimelda (Q) – dearest

Arquen (Q) – noble knight

Ásë nuhta (Q) – stop that

Atan/atani (Q) – mortal man/men

Atar (Q) – father

athon (S) – I will

Atto (Q) – Dad/Daddy

Atya (Q) – also means ‘daddy’

Bain (S) – beautiful

Balan (S) - “vala/power”, and there seems to be no Sindarin word for “maia”

Balc (Westron) - horrible

Belain (S) – plural of “balan”

Calan a dhû (S) – day and night

Cáno (Q) – commander, leader

Coranar/coranári (Q) – solar year/years

Cram (S) – cake

Cû (S) – bow

Cuio vê [woodelven Sindarin] – Live well

Cundunya (Q) – my prince

Daerada/Daeradar (S) – grandfather (a fanon creation that is incorrect, according to dreamingfifi. The accurate form is Adar Adar nín)

Daernana/Daernaneth (S) – grandmother (same warning as for Daeradar)

Dandrin (S) – a “Dand” = “back-turner” = the Noldor’s term for those who began the journey to Aman but turned aside from it. Fairly insulting, I think.

Daro (S) - stop

dartho (S) – stay/remain/wait (imperative)

Díheno ammen (S) – forgive us (lower status to higher status)

Díheno nín (S) – forgive me [formal]

Eca (Q) – sod off (or even ruder than that)

ech (S) – you (emphatic – suggested by dreamingfifi on realelvish.proboards.com)

Echuio, meleth-nín (S) – wake up, my love

Edain (S) – mortal men (plural of adan)

edenith (S) – mortal women (plural of adaneth)

Edraith enni (S) – save me

Ego (S) – Get lost

Êl síla erin lû e-govaned wîn [exilic Sindarin] – a star shines on the hour of our meeting

Ela! Lómion, Cundu i Ondolindeva [Q] – Behold! Lómion, Prince of Gondolin

Eleni sílar lúmenn’ omentiengwó (Vanyarin Q) – the stars shine on the hour of our meeting (thanks to dreamingfifi for help with the plural translation)

elleth / ellith (S) – elf woman, elf women

emel (S) – mother

enquië (Q) – elvish week of six days

Ernil (S) - prince

Ernilvess (S) – Princess / prince’s consort/wife

Eruchîn (S) – children of Eru

Fae & rhaw (S) – spirit & body. It seems to me that the Quenya fëa and hröa are more universally used, thus I’ve opted for that in the narration.

Falmar (Q) – sea-nymph / mermaid

Falmaríni (Q) – sea nymphs / mermaids

Fëa (Q) – spirit

Fíriel (S) – female mortal

Fírimar (Q) – mortals

Galu (S) – goodbye / blessings

Gamut sanu yenet, Gimli Glóinul (Khuzdul) – well met, Gimli son of Glóin

Gi hannon (S) – “thank you” between familiars

Gi melin (S) – I love you

Galwalas (S) – Galu [good fortune/blessings] + a [and] +glass [joy]. Used as a toast. I initially came up with “Glass a galu” (joy and fortune) but when consulted, dreamingfifi came up with the much more economical and elegant “Galwalas”]

Glassen (S) – my joy (you are welcome)

Goheno nín (S) – Forgive me

Golodh (S) – Noldo (derogatory)

Golodhrin (S) – Noldorin (derogatory)

Gorn (Gnomish) – crap/shit

Grodelin (S) – grod = underground; elin = stars. Glow-worms.

gwador (S) – sworn brother / brother not by blood

Gwarth (S) – betrayer, traitor

gwedyr (S) – sworn brothers / brothers not by blood

gweneth (S) – young maiden

Gwib (Gnomish) – penis/prick

Gwinig (S) – baby

Hanar (S) – brother

hanno (Q) – brother (informal version of háno)

Hantanyel (Q) – thank you (formal)

hantanyet (Q) – thank you (between equals/familiars)

Hara máriessë (Q) – stay in happiness (it is a greeting, but I use it as a toast)

Haru (Q) - grandfather

Haruni (Q) – grandmother

Harya mára lomë (Q) – have a good night

Heca (Q) – very rude “Be gone! Sod off!” (same as Eca)

Heldo (Q) – friend (male)

Heldor [Q] - friends

Herunya (Q) – my lord

Herinya (Q) – my lady

Heruvinya (Q) - my lords

Hest-nín (S) – my captain

Hîr-nín (S) – my lord

Hoithol (S… kind of) – a present participle form created from Gnomish hoitha, meaning “to have coitus”. You get the idea.

hröa (Q) – body

Hû (S) – dog

Huil (S) – bitch

iathrim (S) – people of the Girdle (Doriath)

Iavas (S) – autumn

idhrinn (S) – year cycle (equivalent of coranar)

Iell (S) – daughter

Indo-ninya (Q) – my heart

Indya (Q) – my grandchild (indyo = grandchild, descendant)

Indyonya [Q] – my grandchild. (sometimes elided to indya. I didn’t want to use Noldorin Quenya inyo as inyonya sounded strange to my ear and inya means “female”)

iôn (S) – son

Ion-nín (S) – my son

Ithron (S) – wizard

Ivanneth (S) – September

Khuzsh (Khuzdul) – friend

Lapatte (Qenya) - rabbit

Laurelotë (Q) – golden flower

le athae (S) – thank you, you are kind

Le hannon (S) – thank you (formal)

Le suilannon (S) – I give you greetings (reverential)

losto vae (S) – sleep well

Lû veren [S] – occasion/time + festive/gay/joyous

Luhim [S] – lu = time/season, him = cool/cold

mae de’evennin - Well met (said to more than one person)

Mae g’ovannen (S) – you are well met (informal)

mae le’ovannen (S) – you are well met (formal)

Mae tollen (S) – welcome

Maedol a mae g’ovannen (S) – Welcome and well met (informal)

Maer (S) – good (I used it with the meaning “nice/well done/splendid”)

Mai omentaina (Q) – well met

Maril (Q) – crystal

Mas ledhiam (S) – where are we going

Melda tár (Q) – beloved king

Meldanya (Q) – beloved

Melimë (Q) – darling/beloved

Melin sé (Q) – I love her (or him)

Melin tyë (Q) – I love you

Melindo (Q) – lover (male)

Melissë (Q) – lover (female)

Mellon/mellyn (S) – friend/friends

Mellon vuin (S) – dear friend

Mellon iaur (S) – old friend

Melmenya (Q) – my love

merbin (S) – dark elves (with connotations of uncivilized, and rather derogatory I imagine)

Mereth Glyss Vinui (S) – Feast of the First Snows (by dreamingfifi)

Miros (Gnomish) – I use it for a type of wine in Aman

Moratani (Q) – Móri = dark, atani = men – darkened races of men

Moriquendë (Q) – Dark elf (singular)

Muk (Qenya) – crap/shit

Ná (Q) – yes, it is so

Na manë (Q) – be good (imperative – behave yourself)

Nad (S) - thing

Nae (S) - alas

Naethen (S) – “my sorrow” - sorry

Nana/Naneth (S) – Mummy/Mother

Nairenya (Q) – “my sorrow”. I am sorry

Nán alassea le-omentien (Q) – I am happy to meet you

naugrim (S) - dwarves

Nauro (Q) - werewolf

Nér (Q) – male elf

Neri (Q) – male elves

Nésaya (Q) – my sister

Ni veren an le ngovaned (S) – It brings me joy to meet you

Nildë (Q) – friend [female]. A synonym for “heldë”.

Nís (Q) – female elf

Nissi (Q) – female elves

Novaer (S) –general goodbye/farewell [no+maer = “be good”]

No vaer i arad (S) - may the day be good / have a good day

No vaer i dhû (S) – may the night be good (good night)

Noldarë (Q) - mole

Nolpaya (Q) – little mole

Nostari (Q) – parents

ohtar (Q) – warrior

Ohtari (Q) - soldiers

Ollo vae, perian (S) – Sweet dreams, halfling (hobbit)

Órenya linda let-cenien [Q] – my heart sings to see you both

Orro (Q) – exclamation of dismay/disgust/horror

Oryat (Qenya) – badger

Othol (S) – stranger/guest

Otorno (Q) – sworn brother

Pen dithen (S) – little one

Pen gwain (S) – young one

Perelda (Q) – half-elven

Perian (S) – halfling/hobbit

Periain (S) – halflings/hobbits (plural)

Pitya (Q) – little one

Piuccar (Q) – blackberries

Puntl (Qenya) – penis

Quiltyalië (Q) – quilta (“encircle”) + “tyalië” (“game”). It resembles the strategy board game Go.

ráca (Q) – wolf

Rainë (Q) - peace

Rangar (Q) – Númenorean unit of measurement for length, but I cannot find any elvish ones to use. One ranga = thirty-eight inches (3’2” or 96.5 cm).

rhîw (S) - winter

Rhúnedain (S) – men of the east – Easterlings [okayed by dreamingfifi]

Rîn (S) – queen

Rîs (S) – queen

Rocco (Q) - horse

Rusco (Q) - fox

Savo hîdh nen gurth (S) – Have peace in death (Rest in peace)

Selyë (Q) – a dimunitive of “daughter”. Rather like calling your grown child “baby”, I think.

Sennas (S) – guesthouse

sí (S) – here

suilad (S) – hello

tain (S) – smiths (plural of tân)

Tarí [Q] – queen

Taur (S) – can mean both forest and leader of tribes. I use it as the latter for one title of Oropher. By dreamingfifi.

Tawarwaith (S) – forest people

Thoron (S) - eagle

Tolen (S) – I come

Tyenya/tyenyar (Q) – dear kinsman/kinsmen

Úcarehína/úcarehíni (Q) – úcarë (sin) + hína (child) = bastard. Okayed by dreamingfifi, though she found the concept dubious

Ú-chenion [S] – I do not understand

Ui (Q) – No / It is not so

Urco/urqui (Q) – orc, orcs

valarauco (Q) – balrog

venno/vennoya (Q) – husband / dear husband

vessë/vesseya (Q) – wife / dear wife

Vinyamo (Q) – young one

Wilwarin/gwilwileth (Q/S) – butterfly. I visualize this as the constellation Cassiopeia.

Winimë (Q) – baby

Yéni (Q) – elvish years (plural). One yén = 144 solar years.

Yonya (Q) – my son

Yonyat [Q] – dual vocative noun form for “sons”. Okayed by dreamingfifi

Yrch (S) – orcs

Yuldacar [Q+Noldorin] – yulda [“drink”] + car [“building”]

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