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randir[1] (or randír[2]) is a Sindarin word meaning "wandering man, pilgrim"[1] or "wanderer"[2].


In the manuscript "Word, Phrases and Passages", Sindarin randir consists of a derivative of the root RĂNĂ ("wander") + ndir ("man").[1]

In the manuscript "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor", Sindarin randír derives from the root RAN.[2]



J.R.R. Tolkien may have been inspired by the old, and now obsolete French verb randir, meaning "to walk very fast".

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 13