S. Lothlann loc. “Wide and Empty”
A great plain in northeast Beleriand translated “Wide and Empty” (S/123). This name is a combination of lost “empty” and land “wide” (Ety/LAD, LUS), where the [st] became [s] before a consonant and then the medial [s] became [θ] before [l].
Conceptual Development: This name first appeared as N. Lothland “Wide and Empty” in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/264), but in The Etymologies it also appeared as N. Lhothlann or Lhothlann, reflecting the Noldorin phonetic rule that initial [r-], [l-] were unvoiced. In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, the name Lothlann was used for the region south of Mordor along with variant N. Lostladen (TI/313, WR/426), but this use of the name was later abandoned.
References ✧ S/123; SI; WJ/128; WJI
|#land||“wide, broad”||✧ S/123 (#lann)|
N. Lhothlann loc. “Empty and Wide”
References ✧ Ety/LAD, LUS; LR/264; LRI/Lothland; PMI/Lhothland; TI/313; TII/Lothlann; WJI/Lothlann; WR/426; WRI/Lothland
|ᴹ√LAD||“lie flat, be flat”||✧ Ety/LUS|