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Rhimdath

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Rhimdath
Physical Description
TypeRiver
LocationUpper vale of the Anduin
DescriptionShort, east-flowing tributary of the Anduin
General Information
Other namesRushdown

The Rhimdath or Rushdown was a short, early tributary of the Anduin River. It flowed from the Misty Mountains eastward into the Anduin roughly halfway between the Langwell-Greylin confluence and the Carrock. Given the name "Rushdown" it probably had a steep gradient.

Etymology

The stem RIP- means to "rush, fly, fling"; from this comes Quenya rimpa and Noldorin (Sindarin) rhib-, rhimp-, rhimmo, meaning "to flow like a [?torrent]". The stem DAT-, DATH- means "fall down". Christopher Tolkien stated that the name Rhibdath or Rhimdath, meaning "Rushdown" was a hastily scribbled addition at the end of the R-stems.[1] In the index he noted that this name only appeared in the Etymologies but is the river described above.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Index"