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Dior lived from I 470 - I 509; Ancalimë lived from II 873 - II 1285
Dior was a Half-elf; Ancalimë belonged to the race of Men
Dior descended from the Edain and Sindar; Ancalimë was one of the Dúnedain
Dior dwelt latterly in Menegroth; Ancalimë was known as Emerwen Aranel during her time dwelling in Emerië
Translated 'royal Elf' (Dior) and 'princess' (Ancalimë)1
Titles of
Dior son of Beren and Lúthien, and Ancalimë daughter of Aldarion and Erendis


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A title of Dior, and Erendis

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'Noble Elf', a title of Dior Eluchíl. Translated as 'Princess', it also formed part of Ancalimë's title of Emerwen Aranel, meaning 'Princess Shepherdess'.



The derivation of this title was slightly different for each of its two holders, though in both cases aran- meant 'noble' or 'royal'. For Dior, the ending -el signified 'Elf', as he was the grandson and royal heir of King Thingol, so Aranel here could be translated 'Elf-prince'. For Ancalimë, the same ending comes from a different source, making her the 'royal daughter', or princess.

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