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A figure who has loomed large over The Lord of the Rings fandom in the past couple years has been Galadriel. I’ve written about her extensively as well as beginning to explore some of her most important relationships – including her husband Celeborn. While Galadriel and Gil-Galad (who I’ve been obsessed with since I was a child and wrote about a couple weeks ago for this series), are Noldor Elves there are several other subsections of elves to explore including Celeborn’s people! Today we are diving into the world of the Sindar Elves!
One of the most common Elvish languages you will read or hear when engaging with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is Sindarin – the language of the Sindar Elves. To continue our language lesson: you may also be familiar with the phrase Grey Elves and wonder what exactly that entails? It’s derived from the word Sindar which means Grey People – hence Sindar Elves and Grey Elves being one and the same. Sindar Elves arrived in waves and the final group to arrive was sometimes referred to as Green Elves. The Sindar are also sometimes referred to as Elves of the Twilight, which is by far my favourite name for any group of elves in any mythology ever.
Sindar Elves are the Third Elf Clan created, descendants of the Third group of Elves to immigrant from
Valinor to Middle-Earth. Most famous among these early Sindar Elves was their king – and the first leader to unite them as a clan – King of Doriath Elu Thingol. You’ll often see and hear this character referred to simply as “Thingol”.
It was under the leadership of Thingol the Sindar Elves quickly established themselves as the fairest, the most wise, and the most skillful elves in Middle-Earth.
Not too shabby for not accepting the initial invitation to come over and arriving third in Middle-Earth!
Another prominent leader of the Sindar Elves is Círdan whom I have written about here before and has been a prominent figure in the rumour mills of the Tolkien fandom for a long time now for reasons you can probably imagine.
During The Second Age of Middle-Earth when many elves were fleeing their homes in MIddle-Earth to take up sage refuge in Lindon the Sindar Elves held fast to their homes and settlements. Whether this was brave or fool-hardy is a topic for debate. With Celeborn’s rise to prominence and marriage to Galadriel several Sindar Elves and Green Elves followed their leadership along with another group of Elves called Silvan Elves. Through intermingling and sharing of culture the elves we recognize from Lothlórien were born. They were consider to live more “rustic” than some of their peers.
In past articles I have answered the questions:
- What Are the Rings of Power?
- What is Númenor?
- What is the Second Age?
- Who are the Harfoots?
- Who is Prince Durin IV?
- What is Khazad-dûm?
- Who is Celebrimbor?
- What is the Last Alliance of Men and Elves?
- Who is Elendil?
- New Pics! Who are Bronwyn and Theo?
- What is Rivendell?
- The Rings of Power First Reactions Are In!
- What is Lindon?
- What are the Nine Human Rings?
- Empire Magazine’s The Rings of Power Covers
- New Character Pictures
- Will Wizards Appear in The Rings of Power?
- New Promo for The Rings of Power
- What is Eregion?
- Leaked! Rings of Power Trailer Breakdown
- The Rings of Power Teaser Breakdown
- New EW Rings of Power Pictures
- SDCC Rings of Power Trailer Breakdown
- Who is Isildur?
- The Rings of Power is Here! Read the Reactions
- Who is the Stranger?
- Who is Queen Míriel?
- Who is Ar-Pharazôn?
- What is the broken black blade?
- What is Mordor?
- What is Mithril?
- What are the Silmarils?
- What is Narsil?
- Who founded Númenor?
- Who is Galadriel’s Brother Finrod?
- Rings of Power Adds 15 New Cast Members for Season 2
- Who is Círdan?
- Will Celeborn Appear in The Rings of Power?
- Are Galadriel and Sauron Enemies in Book Canon?
- Who is Narvi?
- Jamie Bisping Cast as Viran
- Will the Harfoots Settle The Shire?
- What to Watch Before The Rings of Power Season 2
- Will We See More Rings in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Will Lord Belzagar Appear in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Who is Diarmid?
- Will Ringwraiths appear in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Will Gil-Galad Lead an Army in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Is the Balrog Durin’s Bane?
- Who is Isildur’s sister Eärien?
- What is Rhûn Where Nori & The Stranger are Headed?
- Will Galadriel Go Dark in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Where are the Southlanders Going?
- Is Durin Still a Prince?
- How Eärien will use the Palantir in The Rings of Power Season 2
- Is the Rings of Power close to canon? Will it get closer in Season 2?
- What is The War of the Elves and Sauron?
- Who are the Three New Rings of Power Cast Members? Ciarán Hinds, Rory Kinnear and Tanya Moodie
- Who are the Three Witches Trying to Rescue Sauron?
- Rings of Power season 2 Reportedly Wraps Filming
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- Will We see Shelob in The Rings of Power season 2?
- How Celeborn Could Appear in The Rings of Power season 2
- Will The Rings of Power be at San Diego Comic-Con?
- How are Hobbits and Harfoots Different?
- Who is Galadriel?
- What are Noldor Elves?
- Who are “Durin’s Folk”?
- What are the Seven Dwarf-Lord Rings?
- How did Humans come to Middle-Earth?
- Who is Gil-Galad?