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Telerin Elves who remained in Beleriand
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'Grey' from the surname of their King, Thingol Greycloak1
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Grey-elves

A name for the Sindar

The Sindar; those of the Teleri who remained in Beleriand when their kin travelled across the Great Sea.


Notes

1

Though Tolkien doesn't state this explicitly, 'grey' here clearly has a secondary meaning related to 'twilight'. With the unique exception of Thingol himself, the Grey-elves are technically Dark Elves, Moriquendi, but they are also Eldar of the Great Journey who almost came to the Blessed Realm, and who spent millennia with a Maia as their Queen. Of all the Elven kinds who remained in Middle-earth, the Grey-elves were the highest: it was partly for this reason that they are normally called 'Elves of the Twilight' rather than 'Dark Elves'.

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