Tolkien Gateway

Silmo

"there are Tolkien's latest thoughts, his best thoughts, and his published thoughts and these are not necessarily the same." — Tolkien's Legendarium
This article is non-canon.
Silmo
Vala
Biographical Information
PositionGuardian of Silpion
LocationValinor
AffiliationLórien
Physical Description
GenderMale

Silmo, an Ainu only appearing in the earliest versions of the legendarium, was appointed guardian of the tree Silpion — to be "ever mindful" of the watering of the tree. For this task, he was chosen by the Vala Lórien, who loved the youthful Silmo.[1]

Christopher Tolkien has suggested that the Maia Tilion (a later creation) "perhaps owes something to the figure of Silmo".[2]

[edit] Etymology

Silmo is a Qenya name. His name in Gnomish was Thilim (containing the masculine ending -im).[3]

[edit] See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", pp. 73-4
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor": "Notes and Commentary", p. 88
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), pp. 12-3