In a note to translators, Tolkien said that Dwaling was a regular toponymic formation of a settlement's name, "the descendants of Dwale". Dwale would be a nick-name of one particular Hobbit, and the name was derived from Old English dwale, "dull". This name has been connected to Dwalakōneis, the Gothic translation of Tolkien's own name.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Part of the Shire" map
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Undated note part of Nomenclature, cited in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2008), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page lviii
- ↑ Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, pp. 49-52
- ↑ David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 11 December 2013)