Nurwë was an elf from Cuiviénen who refused the summons of the Valar.


When the three ambassadors of the Elves, Ingwë, Finwë, and Elwë returned from Aman, they invited the other Elves to travel there. However, Nurwë and Morwë refused, thus leading the Avari left behind.[1]


The Quenyan term nur or nura means ("to separate") and -wë may have come from -wego which is frequent in masculine names.[2]


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The First Phase, "Of the Coming of the Elves", Commentary
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"