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Kibil-nâla

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'''Kibil-nâla''' was 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 [[Lórien]], known to the [[Elves]] as [[Celebrant]] and to [[Men]] as the [[Silverlode]]. It rose in [[Mirrormere]].  
  
[[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]]'' is a word that the Dwarves used for silver, the metal rather than the color (see ''[[zirak]]''). The meaning of the [[Khuzdul]] word ''nâla'' is unknown, but [[J.R.R. Tolkien|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: notes in ''[[The Treason of Isengard]]'' suggest that they discovered silver in the river.
  
 
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Revision as of 10:38, 9 May 2008

Kibil-nâla was 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 Mirrormere.

Etymology

Kibil is a word that the Dwarves used for silver, the metal rather than the color (see zirak). The meaning of the Khuzdul word nâla is unknown, 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: notes in The Treason of Isengard suggest that they discovered silver in the river.