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Littleheart, whose birthname was Ilfrin, was an Elf of Tol Eressëa in the first versions of the Middle-earth legendarium.[1]

Biography

Ilfrin, son of Bronweg, was the "gong-warden" of a small host of Elves in Tol Eressëa. His title referred to the gong Tombo, which he had owned for much of his life. He served as a guide for a time to Eriol during Eriol's sojourn in Tol Eressëa. At the Cottage of Lost Play, he once narrated the story of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin.

Littleheart he was called by Lindo and Vairë, the keepers of the Cottage.

It was once said by Gilfanon that this Elf was the only one still alive who had seen the Necklace of the Dwarves.[2]

Etymology

Before Ilfrin was the final version of his birthname, this character's earlier names were Infiniol, ElfriniolElfriniel, IlfrithElfrith[3], and (in the earliest tales) Ilverin[4], which had replaced Elwenildo.[5]

References

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter II: "The Music of the Ainur"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, chapter IV: "The Nauglafring"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, Index
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Index, pg. 284
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