S. Tumladen loc. “Wide Valley, flat valley with steep sides”
The hidden valley within the Echoriath where Nargothrond was built (S/115), translated “Wide Valley” (SI/Tumladen). It was also the name of a valley in Gondor (LotR/764) glossed as a “flat valley with steep sides” (RC/521). This name is a combination of tum “valley” (SA/tum) and laden “open, cleared”.
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, this valley was named G. Tumladin with an i and the gloss “Valley of Smoothness” (LT2/163), a form that continued to appear in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/148, LR/142). In The Etymologies from the 1930s, it appeared as N. Tumladen with an e and the gloss “Level Vale”, with essentially the same derivation given above (Ety/LAT, TUB). This later form was adopted in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (WJ/57).
References ✧ LotRI; RC/521; SA/tum; SI; WJI
|#laden||“flat”||✧ RC/521 (#laden)|
N. Tumladen loc. “Level Vale”
References ✧ Ety/LAT, TUB; LBI/Tumladin; LR/142; LRI/Tumladin; SM/148; SMI/Tumladin; WRI
|tum||“(deep) valley”||✧ Ety/TUB|
|lhaden||“flat (and wide); open, cleared”||soft-mutation||✧ Ety/LAT|
|ᴹ√LAT||“lie open; be extended, stretch, be situated (of an area)”||✧ Ety/TUB|
ᴱN. Tumladin loc. “Smooth Valley”
References ✧ LBI; MC/217; SM/148; SMI