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Alfirin was a golden coloured flower that blossoms year-round.

HistoryEdit

Alfirin was found in the grassy areas of Gondolin, on burial mounds in Rohan, on the Tomb of Elendil, and in the Gondor province of Lebennin.[1] also called either uilos by Elves and simbelmynë by the Rohirrim. Tolkien provided a description of "an immortelle, but not dry and papery: simply a beautiful bell-like flower, running through many colours, but soft and gentle." The white variety seems to be the most common.

The flower is also mentioned in The Return of the King, where Legolas sings: "The golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin / In the green fields of Lebennin."

In his comments in Unfinished Tales, Christopher Tolkien points out that Legolas' description is not quite in harmony with other descriptions, and he suggests that this particular use of the name may refer to a different flower altogether. Alternatively, the golden flowers of Lebennin might simply be a differently-coloured variety of the white Alfirin commonly seen on Men's tombs.

EtymologyEdit

Alfirin is a Sindarin word.[1]

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓልፊሪን
Arabic الفيرين
Armenian Ալֆիրին
Belarusian Cyrillic Алфірін
Bulgarian Cyrillic Алфирин
Dari الفیرین
Georgian ალfირინ ?
Greek Αλφιριν
Gujarati આલ્ફિરિન
Hebrew אלפירין
Hindi आल्फ़िरिन
Hungarian Gondoljrámvirág
Kazakh Cyrillic Алфірін
Kurdish ئلفیرین ? (Arabic script) Alfirin (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Алфирин
Macedonian Cyrillic Алфирин
Marathi आल्फ़िरिन
Mongolian Cyrillic Алфирин
Nepalese आल्फ़िरिन
Pashto آلفیرین
Persian الفیرین
Serbian алфирин (Serbian Cyrillic) Alfirin (Latin)
Sinhalese ආල්ෆිරින්
Tajik Cyrillic Алфирин
Tigrinya ዓልፊሪን
Ukrainian Cyrillic Алфірін
Urdu الفران
Uyghur ئلفىرىن
Yiddish אַלפירין

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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