S. Rathlóriel loc. “Golden-bed”

S. Rathlóriel, loc. “Golden-bed”

Another name of the river Ascar translated “Golden-bed” (S/235), a combination of rath “river-bed” and the lenited form of glóriel “golden” (SA/laurë; Ety/RAT, LÁWAR).

Conceptual Development: When it first appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name was N. Rathlorion “Golden-bed” (SM/134), later changed to N. Rathloriel “Bed of Gold” (LR/141). The second name appeared in The Etymologies, with essentially the same derivation as given above (Ety/RAT, LÁWAR). In Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s the o was lengthened (WJ/346), and Tolkien considered changing the name to Rathmalad or Rathmallen (WJ/191, 353).

References ✧ S/235; SA/laurë; SI; WJI

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rath “street”
#glóriel “golden” soft-mutation ✧ S/235 (-lóriel)

N. Rathloriel loc. “Golden-bed, Bed of Gold”

See S. Rathlóriel for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/LÁWAR, RAT; EtyAC/RAT; LR/141; LRI; SM/134-135, 307, 313; SMI/Rathlorion; WJI/Rathlóriel

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rath “course, river-bed” ✧ Ety/RAT
gloriel “golden” soft-mutation ✧ Ety/LÁWAR (loriel)
ᴹ√RAT “walk, go in a line (as a road)” ✧ Ety/LÁWAR
ᴹ√(G)LAWAR ✧ Ety/RAT (LÁWAR)