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Led a part of the Teleri into the Vales of Anduin during the Great Journey, very roughly 3,700 years1 before the first rising of the Sun
The people he led became the Nandor
Probably 'lithe one'2


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Leader of the Nandor

The Teleri
(Followers of Olwë)

An Elf of Telerin origin, who set out on the Great Journey from Cuiviénen. When the Teleri reached the Great River Anduin, and saw the Misty Mountains across their path to the west, he fell away from the Journey, and led a part of the Teleri south down the Vales of Anduin to found the people known as the Nandor.



Dating events before the rising of the Sun is difficult, and especially so in this case as we have no specific annal referring to Lenwë. According to the Annals of Aman in volume 10 of The History of Middle-earth, the Elves set out on the Great Journey in the Valian Year 1105, and reached Beleriand in VY 1115 (these dates convert to approximately 3,785 to 3,689 years before the Sun first rose). Lenwë was among those who set out on this journey, but he abandoned it before crossing the Misty Mountains. The exact date of his departure is not known, but it must fall somewhere within this period of ninety-six years.


A note in volume 11 of The History of Middle-earth comments that Lenwë was a later rendering of this Elf's name by Noldorin historians, and that he was probably originally known as something like Denwego. Unfortunately the note in question stops short of providing a direct translation of the name, but in context it is strongly implied to derive from dene-, 'thin and strong, lithe', with the common ending weg, meaning simply 'a person, one'.

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