S. Nimrodel f. “Lady of the White Cave”
An Elf-maiden, the beloved of Amroth, as well as the name of the stream by which she dwelled (LotR/339). According to Tolkien, this name was of Silvan (Nandorin) origin adapted to Sindarin (LotR/1127). It is translated “Lady of the White Cave” (RC/302) and is a combination of nim “white”, the suffixal form -rod of grod “cave” and the feminine suffix -iel¹ (SA/groth, PE17/49).
Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this river was first named N. Linglor and the maiden N. Linglorel (TI/222-3), both revised to N. Nimladel >> Nimlorel >> Nimlothel (TI/223, 238-9 note #17, the last of these used only for the maiden). Later still both were changed to their final form Nimrodel (TI/223, 239). In later notes from the 1950s, Tolkien considered interpreting the final element as either “lofty star” or “high lady” (S. rodel) from raud¹ “lofty, noble” (PE17/49).
References ✧ LotR/1127; LotRI; PE17/49; PM/36; PMI; RC/302; SA/groth; UT/257; UTI
|groth||“large excavation, delving, underground dwelling”||✧ PE17/49 (-roth/rod); SA/groth (grod)|
|-iel¹||“daughter; feminine suffix”|
|AT. nimbi||“white”||✧ PE17/49|
|rodel||“lady, high lady”||✧ PE17/49|
N. Nimlothel f.
References ✧ TI/223; TII/Nimladel, Nimrodel; WRI/Nimrodel