S. Nan Elmoth loc. “*Valley of Starry Dusk”
Conceptual Development: In “The Lay of Leithian Recommenced” from the 1950s, Tolkien considered some variant names for this forest: S. Glad-uial >> Glath-uail >> Gilammoth (LB/349). The first of these also appeared on the Silmarillion map from the 1950s (WJ/183, 188 note #48).
References ✧ LB/349; LBI/Gilammoth, Nan Elmoth; MRI/Gilammoth; PMI/Nan Elmoth; SA/moth, nan(d); SI/Nan Elmoth; WJI/Elmoth, Gladuial, Nan Elmoth
|nan(d)||“vale, valley”||✧ SA/nan(d)|
S. Gilammoth loc.
References ✧ LB/349; LBI/Gilammoth, Glad-uail
|gil||“star; (bright) spark, silver glint, twinkle of light”|
S. Gladuial loc. “*Twilight Wood”
Another name for Nan Elmoth appearing on the Silmarillion map from the 1950s (WJ/183, 188 note #48). Christopher Tolkien stated in his notes that he could not find this name anywhere else in his father’s writings, but Christopher apparently forgot that it had appeared as a rejected name in “The Lay of Leithian Recommenced” from the same period, revised to Gilammoth and finally to Nan Elmoth (LB/349). The name appears to be a combination of glad “wood” and uial “twilight”.
References ✧ LB/349; LBI/Glad-uail; WJ/188; WJI