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Race
Pronunciation
Originally ngo'ldorr, but later no'ldorr1
Meaning
Approximately 'Those with knowledge'
Other names
Note
Noldor is a plural term; the rarely used singular form is Noldo, and the adjective for these people is Noldorin.

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Noldor

The followers of Finwë

The division of the Elves that followed Finwë as their lord. In the long march from Cuiviénen to the western shores of Middle-earth, they were the second great host. When they reached Valinor, they learned much from Aulë the Smith, and were accounted the greatest of the Elves in matters of lore and craft.

They dwelt in Aman for many Ages, but after the Darkening of Valinor many of the Noldor forsook the Undying Lands and returned in exile to Middle-earth in pursuit of Melkor. Melkor had slain Finwë and stolen the Silmarils, the work of Fëanor, the greatest craftsman of that people, and the Noldor returned to make war on him until he gave up the Great Jewels.


Notes

1

The original pronunciation of the name - the one that would presumably have been used by the Noldor themselves - started with a 'ng' sound, like that in the middle of the English word 'finger'. By the Third Age, this had apparently evolved into a simple 'n' sound.

See also...

Alphabet of Daeron, Aman, Amanyar, Ancient Speech, Ancient Tongue, Angband, Angrod, Apanónar, Aredhel Ar-Feiniel, Aulë, Aulendil, Awakening of Men, Balrogs, Barad Eithel, Battle of the Haven, [See the full list...]

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