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Tinfang Warble

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Tinfang, whom the children call Tinfang Warble is a creature mentioned in The Book of Lost Tales and in the poem Tinfang Warble

Vaire tells to Eriol about Tinfang Warble, a spirit who is half fay of Palúrien and half Elf (Gnome or Solosimpi). He was a fluter whose fluting had an enchantment, and the stars twinkled according to his notes. Not even the Solosimpi could rival his fluting.

He led the Elves forth with his piping, and could be heard in the Great Lands and sometimes also in Alalminórë. Eriol also heard him.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Tinfang is his Gnomish name. The name Timpinen is also mentioned, which is obviously Qenya.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Chaining of Melko"