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Ringló

Type: Rivers & Lakes

Region: Gondor

Location: A river flowing southwest from the White Mountains through Lamedon; Ciril is its tributary, and the combined waters in turn join the Morthond River.

Description:

Swiftly then [Legolas] told of... the great ride [from Erech]... to Pelargir on Anduin....

'One day of light we rode, and then came the day without dawn, and still we rode on, and Ciril and Ringló we crossed; and on the third day we came to Linhir above the mouth of Gilrain.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 9, The Last Debate

... 'Ringló a river (joint tributary of Morthond in S[outh] Gondor' (Index). Its name is derived from Sindarin ring 'cold, chill' + 'fenland'. In The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor it is said that 'there is no record of any swamps or marsh in' the course of the Ringló. 'It was a swift (and cold) river, as the element ring- implies. It drew its first waters from a high snowfield that fed an icy tarn in the mountains. If this at seasons of snowmelting fed into a shallow lake, it would account for the name, another of the many that refer to a river's source' (Vinyar Tengwar 42 (July 2001), p. 13).

The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, by Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull, Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith


Etymology
ring 'cold, chill' in Ringil, Ringwil, Himring; also in the river Ringló in Gondor, and in Ringarë, Quenya name of the last month of the year (The Lord of the Rings Appendix D).

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

...Sindarin... 'fenland'.

The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, by Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull, Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith

Contributors:
Still Anonymous, 4Mar04
Elena Tiriel 10Feb08

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