The river's name seems to come originally from the workings of the Dwarves, as they seem to have discovered silver in the river.
Other versions of the legendarium
In the earliest drafts of Appendix A, the river's name was given as Zigil-nâd. 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". This seems unlikely, as Tolkien explicitly stated: "Silverlode dwarfish [sic] Kibilnâla".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The Ring Goes South", p. 175
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, pp. 279, 286
- ↑ Edouard Kloczko, Elfling message 268
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Lothlórien", p. 241 (note 36)