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Elmo was the younger brother of Elwë and Olwë.

Biography

Elmo was only mentioned in the Unfinished Tales in discussions on Galadriel and Celeborn. Because Celeborn was in The Silmarillion presented as a "kinsman of Thingol", Tolkien wished to develop this family link. One of his solutions was to establish Celeborn as the grandson of Elmo, a non-important brother of Elwë who remained behind when Elwë was lost, becoming one of the Sindar of Doriath. In this conception Elmo had a son named Galadhon, who in turn sired Celeborn and another son named Galathil, who was the father of Queen Nimloth of Doriath.[1]

In writings which appear to be later than the one discussed above, Celeborn is made into a Telerin elf, and a relative of Olwë of Valinor instead, but this was not further developed or published.

It therefore remains uncertain if Elmo would have remained in the Middle-earth legendarium.

Etymology

The name Elmo has unclear origins. The first element el may mean "star", which is found in both Sindarin and Quenya. The second element mo, although does not seem to have any direct origin in Sindarin, may have come from the words môr or morn which means "dark, black".

In Quenya, -mo is a frequent ending in names and titles, sometimes with significance.

House of Elmo

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Melian
   
   
Elu Thingol
   
   
   
   
   
   
Olwë
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elmo
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Beren
   
   
Lúthien
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärwen
   
   
   
   
   
   
Galadhon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Galadriel
   
   
Celeborn
   
   
   
   
Galathil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Dior
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nimloth
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eluréd and Elurín
   
   
   
   
Elwing
   
   
Eärendil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elros
   
   
   
   
Elrond
   
   
Celebrían

References

  1. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien"

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