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The [[Dwarvish]] name for the river that ran through [[Lórien]], known to the [[Elves]] as [[Celebrant]] and to [[Men]] as the [[Silverlode]]. It rose in the mysterious lake known as the [[Mirrormere]] (or, in [[Dwarvish]], [[Kheled-zâram]] - hence [[Gimli]]'s words quoted above).
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'''Kibil-nâla''' was the [[Dwarvish]] name for the river that ran through [[Lothlórien]], known to the [[Elves]] as [[Celebrant]] and to [[Men]] as the [[Silverlode]].<ref>{{FR|II3}}</ref>
  
[[Kibil]] is one of several words that the Dwarves used for silver (zirak in the name Zirakzigil is also a reference to that metal). The meaning of the [[Khuzdul]] word nâla is not known for sure, but [[Tolkien]] suggested that it might mean 'course' or 'path', a meaning it would share with Elvish rant. The river's name seems to come originally from the workings of the Dwarves: the notes in volume 7 of [[The History of Middle-earth]] suggest that they were the ones responsible for discovering silver in the river.
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==Etymology==
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*''[[kibil]]'' ("silver") + ''[[nâla]]'' (?"channel; path; rivercourse")
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The river's name seems to come originally from the workings of the Dwarves, as they seem to have discovered silver in the river.<ref>{{TI|VIII}}, p. 175</ref>
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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In the earliest drafts of [[Appendix A]], the river's name was given as '''Zigil-nâd'''.<ref>{{HM|PM}}, pp. 279, 286</ref> Considering the meaning of ''[[zigil]]'', [[Edouard Kloczko]] has proposed that ''Kibil-nâla'' is not the name of the actual river, but only of "the reappearance of the river". He connects ''kibil'' to [[Adûnaic]] ''[[khibil]]'', "spring".<ref>[[Edouard Kloczko]], [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/elfling/message/268 Elfling message 268]</ref> This seems unlikely, as Tolkien explicitly stated: "''Silverlode'' dwarfish [sic] ''Kibilnâla''".<ref>{{TI|Lothlorien}}, p. 241 (note 36)</ref>
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Main article: Celebrant

Kibil-nâla was the Dwarvish name for the river that ran through Lothlórien, known to the Elves as Celebrant and to Men as the Silverlode.[1]

[edit] Etymology

  • kibil ("silver") + nâla (?"channel; path; rivercourse")

The river's name seems to come originally from the workings of the Dwarves, as they seem to have discovered silver in the river.[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In the earliest drafts of Appendix A, the river's name was given as Zigil-nâd.[3] Considering the meaning of zigil, Edouard Kloczko has proposed that Kibil-nâla is not the name of the actual river, but only of "the reappearance of the river". He connects kibil to Adûnaic khibil, "spring".[4] This seems unlikely, as Tolkien explicitly stated: "Silverlode dwarfish [sic] Kibilnâla".[5]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The Ring Goes South", p. 175
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, pp. 279, 286
  4. Edouard Kloczko, Elfling message 268
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Lothlórien", p. 241 (note 36)