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Silvan Elvish

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Silvan Elvish was a name for the tongue spoken by the Silvan Elves.

[edit] History

Silvan Elvish descended from Nandorin, the language of the Nandor.

In later centuries, their language became known as Silvan Elvish, heard both in Lothlórien and the Woodland Realm of Mirkwood.

After the First Age, the surviving Elves of Beleriand carried their speech back into the east. Sindarin-speakers settled in both the main Silvan realms, and in Lórien, at least, Sindarin quickly overtook Silvan Elvish in common use. The history of the tongue in Mirkwood is more difficult to determine - some sources suggest that it, too, was quickly overtaken by Sindarin, but other sources dispute this.

By the end of the Third Age, the only remnants of Silvan were a few names, like Caras Galadhon or Amroth, which sound like Sindarin, but actually betray the influences of Silvan words.

[edit] Names

Legolas calls the dialect the "woodland tongue".[1]

In one note Tolkien calls the language just Silvan.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (I) The First Phase: 5. Of Eldanor and the Princes of the Eldalië", p. 182 (commentary to §42)
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