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The original Quenya name for the White Tree

The Quenya word for 'silver' was properly tyelpe, and so the original full Quenya name for the elder of the Two Trees, which shone with a silver light, was not the familiar Telperion, but strictly Tyelperion. The language of the Teleri who lived on the shores of Aman was related to Quenya, but distinct from it, and the Telerin word for silver as not tyelpe but telpe. The Teleri, indeed, had a special love of silver, to the extent that their word for that metal influenced the Quenya tongue used by the other Elves of Valinor. Hence, Tyelperion came to be rendered as Telperion in common use, and so the name has come down through history.

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