|Race||Half Elf, half Vala|
Vairë tells to Eriol about Tinfang Warble, a spirit who is half fay of Palúrien and half Elf (Gnome or Solosimpi). He was a flautist whose fluting had an enchantment, and the stars twinkled according to his notes. Not even the Solosimpi could rival his fluting.
Other versions of the Legendarium
- "Tinfang Gelion who still the moon
enchants on summer nights of June
and kindles the pale firstling star..."
- ― Lay of Leithian Canto III
The meaning of Tinfang is "star-beard" (from tinu "spark, little star" + fang "beard"; found in The Etymologies of The Lost Road).[source?] He apparently was one of those few elves who grew beards during the first age of their life, like Mahtan.[source?]
Gelion can also be found in several other compounds.
His name probably comes from an earlier poem Tolkien penned named Tinfang Warble, about a fairy-bird.[source?]