The Moriquendi (singular Moriquendë; also named the Lembi, Hisildi, and Kaliondi) were the Elves of Darkness: those who did not embark on the journey over the sea to Aman and behold the light of the Two Trees of Valinor.


The Moriquendi lingered on the shores of Middle-earth or, indeed, never passed the Blue Mountains in the east of Beleriand or the Misty Mountains further to the east. Those Moriquendi who originally started on the journey but did not finish it were named the Úmanyar, which meant "Those not of Aman".

Moriquendi is a term for Elves of the Avari, Sindar, and Nandor, but in practice is only applied to the Avari. An exception to the hierarchy of Elvish peoples is Thingol, who, though he did not complete the journey, had earlier been to Valinor. Thingol was therefore considered Úmanyar but not Moriquendë.[1]

"Those Elves the Calaquendi call the Úmanyar, since they came never to the land of Aman and the Blessed Realm; but the Úmanyar and the Avari alike they call the Moriquendi, Elves of the Darkness, for they never beheld the Light that was before the Sun and Moon.[2]

The term "Dark Elf" in Tolkien's writing seems to hold an unexplained meaning, as it is given as a special title of Eöl, an Elf of Nan Elmoth. It is also used as an insult by the Sons of Fëanor to Thingol (which is incorrect, since Thingol alone of the Sindar was reckoned under the Calaquendi).[3]

Earlier versions of the legendarium

The initial term for these Elves who remained outside of Aman was Ilkorindi, in The Book of Lost Tales Part One.


  • Dark elves are featured in other fantasy mythos, such as Dungeons and Dragons and The Elder Scrolls.


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሞሪቁአንዲ
Arabic موريكويندي
Armenian Մորիքուենդի
Belarusian Cyrillic Моріqуенді
Bengali মরিকন্ডি
Bulgarian Cyrillic Мори́уенди
Chinese 莫里根迪
Georgian მორიქუენდი
Greek Μορικουέντι
Gujarati મોરિqઉએન્દિ
Hebrew (Moriquendi) מוריקוונדי

(Úmanyar) אומאניאר

Hindi मोरक्वेन्डी
Japanese モリクウェンディ
Kannada ಮೋರಿಕ್ಯುನ್ಡಿ
Kazakh Моріқұенді (Cyrillic) Moriquendi (Latin)
Korean 모리퀜디
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Мориqуэнди
Macedonian Cyrillic Мориqуенди
Marathi मोरक्वेन्डी
Mongolian Cyrillic Мориqуэнди
Nepalese मोरिक़ुएन्दि
Pashto موریقوېندی
Persian موریقوهندی
Russian Мориквенди
Serbian Морикуенди (Cyrillic) Morikuendi (Latin)
Sinhalese මොරිඇඋඑඳි
Tajik Cyrillic Мориқуенди
Tamil மொரிகுண்டி
Telugu మొరిక్యూన్ది
Thai มอริเควนดิ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Моріквендів
Urdu موریقاندا
Uzbek Мориқуенди (Cyrillic) Moriquendi (Latin)
Yiddish מאָריקווענדי


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Four: Quendi and Eldar, Index
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Index
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