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The Nandor (Quenya; IPA: [ˈnandor]; singular Nando; [ˈnandorin]) were Elves of Telerin descent, who left the Great Journey from Cuiviénen to Valinor as the Elves reached the Misty Mountains.


The Nandor began under the Teleri Elf Lenwë or Dan in their language, who led a group that turned south along the river Anduin, and disappeared from written history. Nandor eventually became their term for themselves, and meant people of Dan in their own language.[1] Many years later a group of Nandor under Denethor, son of Lenwë, hearing of a great Elven realm crossed the Blue Mountains into the Ossiriand, which was after named Lindon, or Land of the singers, after these elves. After their settlement, they became known as the Laiquendi, the Green Elves.[2]

In later years, the Silvan Elves of Mirkwood and Lothlórien were descended from the Nandor (but most of their lords were not), as were the elves which dwelt at Edhellond near Dol Amroth during the early days of Gondor.[3]


The original Nandorin language gradually disappeared from Middle-earth after the end of the First Age, when Sindarin Elves merged with the Silvan folk and were taken as their lords. Nandorin/Silvan gradually became extinct, surviving only in placenames such as "Laurelindórinan/Lindórinand" (old names for the land of Lórien) and proper names such as Amroth. The daily tongue of the Silvan elves became Sindarin, or Sindarin with some Silvan influences.[citation needed]


Nandor is likely a Quenyan word that meant 'those who turn back'[4]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ኛንዶር
Arabic ناندور
Armenian Նանդոր
Belarusian Cyrillic Нандор
Bengali ণান্দর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Нандор
Catalan Nàndor
Chinese (Hong Kong) 南多
Dari ناندور
Georgian ნანდორ
Greek Νανδορ
Gujarati ણન્દોર
Hebrew ןאנדור
Hindi णन्दोर
Japanese ナンドール
Kazakh Cyrillic Нандор
Korean 나ᄂㄷ오ᄅ ?
Kurdish ناندۆر (Arabic script) Nandor (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Нандор
Macedonian Cyrillic Нандор
Mongolian Cyrillic Нандор
Nepalese णन्दोर
Pashto ناندور ?
Persian ناندور
Polish Nandorowie
Russian Нандор
Sanskrit णन्दोर्
Serbian Нандор (Cyrillic) Nandor (Latin)
Sinhalese ණඳොර්
Tajik Cyrillic Нандор
Tamil ணந்தொர் ?
Telugu ణన్దొర
Thai นันดูร์
Tibetan ནནྡོར
Tigrinya ኛንዶር
Ukrainian Cyrillic Нандор
Urdu نانداور
Uzbek Нандор (Cyrillic) Nandor (Latin)
Yiddish נאַנדאָר


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter X: "Of the Sindar"
  3. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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