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River Limlint

An early name for the Limlight

The original Sindarin name of the river that formed Rohan's northern border is uncertain. Various sources give Limlaith, Limlich or Limliht, all sharing the same meaning of 'swift-light'. 'Limlint' seems to be the earliest of all these versions (at least in Tolkien's imagination, if not in Middle-earth's history). When the Rohirrim came to choose a name for their own border-river, they merely adapted the sounds of the existing name rather than translate it, hence the more common name of this river, the Limlight.

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