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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 first element in Rhimdath is related to Noldorin rhib-, rhimp, rhimmo ("to flow like a [?torrent]"), derived from the stem RIP- ("rush, fly, fling"). Christopher Tolkien stated that the name Rhibdath or Rhimdath, given the 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]

The second element in Rhimdath is a likely derivative of the stem DAT- ("fall down").Template:Or[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 384
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Index", p. 446
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 354