S. Ephel Brandir loc. “Encircling Fence of Brandir”
Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this village was first named Tavrobel (Ety/PEL(ES), LR/412-3). In Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s, the name was briefly changed to Bar Haleth (WJ/157), then more permanently replaced by Ephel Brandir (WJ/89).
References ✧ LRI/Ephel Brandir; LT2I/Ephel Brandir; SA/pel; SI/Ephel Brandir; UTI/Ephel Brandir; WJI/Bar Haleth, Ephel Brandir
|ephel||“outer fence, surrounding ring”||✧ SA/pel|
S. Bar Haleth loc.
References ✧ WJ/157; WJI/Bar Haleth
|bâr||“house, dwelling, home”|
N. Tavrobel loc.
Village in Tol Eressea where Ælfwine record the tales of the Elves in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/263), an idea that disappeared from later versions of the Silmarillion. In The Etymologies, it was given as a combination of tavor “woodpecker” and the lenited form of gobel “village” (Ety/PEL(ES), TAM).
Conceptual Development: This village G. Tavrobel appeared in the earliest Lost Tales, though it was the earlier character Eriol who did the recording rather than Ælfwine (LT1/25). At this stage the name translated “Wood Home” and was a combination of tavros “forest” and the lenited form of pel “village” (GL/64, 69) and sometimes appeared in the variant form G. Tavrost (LT2/292). In The Etymologies of the 1930s, it was reinterpreted as noted above. In its final mention in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, it was written Tathrobel (LR/203); this last form might be Old English (SM/282 note #3).
This name was also used as an early name of Ephel Brandir (LR/412-3, WJ/157).
References ✧ Ety/PEL(ES), TAM; LR/203; LRI; SDI2/Tavrobel; SMI; TII; WJ/157; WJI
|tavor||“woodpecker, knocker”||✧ Ety/TAM|
|gobel||“walled house or village, town”||✧ Ety/PEL(ES)|
|ᴹ√PEL(ES)||“revolve on fixed point”||✧ Ety/TAM|
G. Tavrobel loc. “Wood Home”
References ✧ GL/64, 69; LT1A/Tavrobel; LT1I/Gilfanon, Tavrobel; LT2/292; LT2I/Taurossë, Tavrobel, Tavrost; PE13/94
|tavros||“forest, wooded land”||✧ GL/69; LT1A/Tavari|
|†pel||“village, hamlet, -ham”||soft-mutation||✧ GL/64 (†pel); LT1A/Tavrobel|
G. Tavrost loc. “Haywood”
References ✧ LT1A/Tavrobel; LT2/292; LT2I
|tavros||“forest, wooded land”||✧ LT1A/Tavari|
|rost||“slope, hill side, ascent”||✧ LT1A/Tavrobel|