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Edrahil

Loyal follower of Finrod Felagund

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An Elf of Nargothrond, one of the ten who remained loyal to Finrod Felagund at the time he set out with Beren on the Quest of the Silmaril.


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Edrahil's name is difficult to parse. Edra- looks as though it might be related to edro, 'open'. -hil usually signifies a Man (a human, one of the Hildor) but we know that Edrahil was an Elf, so - assuming this etymology applies - it would apparently indicate more generally a 'male person' in this context. So, Edrahil's name can be interpreted as 'open man', though it is difficult to see what that might mean as part of a personal name. It seems more likely that some other linguistic element is at work here, and the meaning of the name remains uncertain.

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