S. Gilraen f. “*Netted Stars”
Aragorn’s mother (LotR/1113). Her name is a combination of gil “star” and raen² “netted, enlaced”, meaning “one adorned with a tressure set with small gems in its network” (VT42/11), more more loosely “*Netted Star”.
Conceptual Development: In drafts of the Lord of the Rings appendices, her name was Gilrain (PM/196). In notes from the 1950s, he indicated the second element of her name was raen² “smiling, gracious, sweet-faced” (PE17/182).
References ✧ LotR/1113; LotRI; PE17/182; PE22/159; PMI/Gilrain; TII; VT42/11
|gil||“star; (bright) spark, silver glint, twinkle of light”||✧ PE22/159; VT42/11|
|raen²||“smiling, gracious, sweet-faced”||✧ PE17/182|
|√RAY¹||“net, knit, contrive network or lace, involve in a network, enlace”||✧ PE22/159|
|raen¹||“netted, enlaced”||✧ VT42/11|