S. Gilrain loc. “*Wandering Star”
A river in Gondor (LotR/875), a combination of gil “star” and rain “erratic wandering” (UT/242, VT42/12-3). Note that the river name Gilraen in The Silmarillion appendix is a typo (SA/ran), since that form is the name of Aragorn’s mother.
Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this river was first named N. Lameduin.
References ✧ LotRI; PMI; SA/ran; TI/312; TII/Gilrain, Lameduin; UT/242; UTI; VT42/11-13; WRI/Gilrain, Lameduin
|gil||“star; (bright) spark, silver glint, twinkle of light”|
|rain||“erratic wandering”||✧ UT/242; VT42/12; VT42/13|
|√RAN||“wander, stray, meander, go on an uncertain course, go aside from a course (commanded or self-chosen); err”||✧ SA/ran|
N. Lameduin loc.
An earlier name of the river Gilrain on draft maps for Lord of the Rings from the 1940s, derived from the regional name Lamedon (TI/312). It is apparently combination of the first element of that name and the element duin “river”.
See S. Gilrain for further discussion.
References ✧ SDI1/Lameduin; TI/312; TII; WRI