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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.

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In The Peoples of Middle-earth, in the earliest drafts of Appendix A, the river's name was given as Zigil-nâd.


Kibil is a word that the Dwarves used for silver, the metal rather than the color (see zigil). 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 Sindarin 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.