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When a drow clan has been driven from their home by would-be heroes and their careless swords, Teltatarmen is their next destination. The city wreathed in shadow offers concealment from passers-by and scrying clerics alike.

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The very notion of a drow city may call to mind images of twisted spires and a looming sense of dread, but not all of their kind fit the stereotypical evil stereotype. In fact, adding some variety and depth to characters such as drow will improve your fantasy landscape tenfold. Getting creative with a city name is a great place to start.

Good Drow City Names

The drow may be distinct from other elves in many ways, but what they do share is language. The drow dialect may vary slightly, but we can still draw inspiration from the various forms of Elvish that have appeared across fantasy writing. These fabricated languages are perfect for creating city names that are both memorable and beautiful.

  • Laimëndor        
  • Eglanbarad        
  • Narsurin        
  • Ostaliantë        
  • Úminuial        
  • Marmorion        
  • Cýroencyll        
  • Ethirannon        


In many places, thick cobwebs lining the walls of a palace would be taken as a sign of degradation. For the drow of Hlínëmardë, they were proof of Lolth’s holy blessing.

  • Sharr N’Vaelahr        
  • Liantëlinya        
  • Mornedhelnand        
  • Keryiqua        
  • Yngylothronn        
  • Minassë        
  • Dureska        
  • Taurëhúna        
  • Athdaoine        

Gilgalad Cyll

Though the architects of Gilgalad Cyll continue to burrow ever downward, its origin and entry point remains the most beautiful. The starlight-dappled hollow for which it is named.

  • Mornothronn        
  • Elladyreska        
  • Uimuil        
  • Ilelestedun        
  • Mórëmindo        
  • Olinora        
  • Raegnest        
  • Baelnornrûn        
  • Zatiru        


An ever growing dungeon city, Ethirgedyr is a grim place specially reserved for spies. Outsiders and treacherous drow alike rot within its walls.

  • Athamault        
  • Duicîl        
  • Ruaholme        
  • Tinnubarad        
  • Artaliantë        
  • Sharr Mhaor        
  • Teltatarmen        
  • Angolnest        
  • Myth Ahnvae        


While those above ground dismiss the Underdark as a barren place of despair, the drow know a thousand ways to find sustenance down here. A trip to Blalathiilor, for example, will keep you stocked in mushrooms for a year!

  • Mornedheldor        
  • Nirnaeth         
  • Nîrothronn        
  • Raenbarad        
  • Minas Huinë        
  • Loicolanya        
  • Romrúguil        
  • Céncorda        
  • Lharasteska        


Ôlcenedril was named for the sacred pool that the city sprung up around, the Dream Mirror. Those who gaze into the pool’s surface may access the dreams of another, a skill so dangerous that access to the pool is tightly guarded.

  • Escalethuil        
  • Ungolnest        
  • Huivahróta        
  • Athivae        
  • Lumbulëmindë        
  • Duraegis        
  • Keryholme        
  • Oliniilor        


With a name meaning “palace hidden from light”, visitors are often surprised to find Halyatúrion a bright and airy city. It is holy light that cannot enter its streets, creating a sanctuary for dissidents and heretics.

  • Uidollen        
  • Huinëmar        
  • Myrethrynn        
  • Drageska        
  • Ostamórë        
  • Claurdaw        
  • Telmëtúrion        
  • Narvandor        


The waterfalls that guard Celebrenethuil’s entrance are so mesmerizing that travelers of every race make pilgrimage to stand beneath the silvery falls.

  • Umúthaes        
  • Mistamhaor        
  • Tinnumindë        
  • N’Maernthor        
  • Symista        
  • Elaorman        

Coming up with interesting names for drow cities ensures they provide just as much depth to your fantasy world as those above ground. Will you use any of the names I’ve listed here? Let me know in the comments, along with any ideas of your own. If you have friends who like to include drow characters, share this article with them too!

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Cassidy Ferrari
D&D is a creative practice for me, in which I can explore everything from the surreal to the divine. I like to use names as a storytelling device, so every interaction helps players to build a stronger mental image of the world. I hope that my articles for Codex Nomina help you have more fun with fantasy names!

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