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Not recorded by this name after the end of the First Age, but equivalent to the flower later named alfirin
Widespread throughout Middle-earth
A variety of small white anemone, apparently no longer extant
ui'los (ui as in English 'ruin')


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A name for the flower Evermind

One of two Elvish names given to the flower referred to by Men as simbelmynë, or Evermind. This name was used for the flowers that Tuor found growing around the Gate of Silver on the journey into Gondolin, and is not recorded after the end of the First Age. Texts referring to the Third Age seem to prefer the Elvish name alfirin for the same white, star-like flower, but whether this signals a change of name across the Ages is not known.

The Elvish name uilos is not literally equivalent to 'Evermind', but rather has a meaning closer to 'Everwhite', derived from the fact that the flowers didn't have a particular season, but instead appeared throughout the entire year.



We're told that the flower was known as uilos 'ever-white' because it flowered throughout the year. Perhaps slightly confusingly, the common English translation 'Evermind' uses 'ever-' in a different sense: that of everlasting memory (due to the flower's readiness to grow on graves and tombs). The alternative Elvish name alfirin ('immortal') comes closer to this second meaning.

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