Elanor in Lothlorien

Elanor was a small, star-shaped yellow flower.


Second Age

It was one of the flowers brought by the Elves from Tol Eressëa to Númenor. Along with lissuin, elanor was adorned on ships during the wedding of Aldarion and Erendis.[1]

Third Age

During the Third Age, elanor grew abundantly in Lothlórien, particularly upon the hill of Cerin Amroth.[2] Lady Galadriel wore a crown of it and referred to it in her song when bidding the Fellowship of the Ring farewell.[3]

After the War, Samwise Gamgee named his daughter Elanor, at Frodo's suggestion, and she was usually referred to as having an Elvish beauty rather than a Hobbit's.[4]


Elanor means "Sun-star" in Sindarin, from el ("star") and anor ("sun").[5]

Behind the Scenes

In one of J.R.R. Tolkien's letters, he described elanor as a little enlarged version of pimpernel, with sun-golden flower and star-silver on the same plant.[6]


  1. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, II: "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VI: "Lothlorien"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VIII: "Farewell to Lorien"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter IX: "The Grey Havens"
  5. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, 312 From a letter to Amy Ronald 16 November 1969
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