"Next came the Noldor
, a name of wisdom, the people of Finwë
. They are the Deep Elves, the friends of Aulë
; and they are renowned in song..."
Quenta Silmarillion 3
Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor
A rarely-used name for the Noldor, the division of the Elves that Finwë led into Valinor.
'Deep' is here used in the sense of 'profound' or 'wise'; the Noldor were considered the most learned and inventive of the Eldar; the great Vala Aulë taught them much during their time in Aman.
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