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A talan, also known as a flet, was an open platform built in a mallorn of Lórien as a living place for the Elves. It was reached by a ladder through an opening in its center. A light screen could be fixed to any side of the platform to block the wind.[1]

In Caras Galadhon, these platforms also functioned as the floor of the place in which the Fellowship first met Galadriel and Celeborn.[2]

Etymology

Talan, plural telain, is a Sindarin word. Flet, as the platform was known in Westron, is an archaic English word.

References

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. VI: "Lothlórien"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. VII: "The Mirror of Galadriel"
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