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Dates
Extant III 30191
Location
Guarded the Northern Fences of Lórien
Race
Division
Culture
Pronunciation
roo'mil
Meaning
Uncertain; perhaps related to words for 'secret' or 'whisper'2

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Rúmil of Lórien

A marchwarden of the Galadhrim

Unnamed Parents
Haldir
Rúmil
Orophin

One of the border-guards of Lórien encountered by the Fellowship of the Ring as they fled from Moria. He was perhaps named for the more famous Rúmil, the inventor of writing.


Notes

1

The Fellowship of the Ring encountered Rúmil and his brothers on 15 January III 3019, and this is the only definite date we have for him. As one of the Silvan Elves, Rúmil might have lived in Lórien for many centuries or even millennia, but all we can we say with certainty is that he was extant at the end of the Third Age.

2

The name Rúmil goes back to the earliest phases of Tolkien's writing, in the person of an ancient loremaster who invented the art of writing. There are several instances of Tolkien taking names from his earlier works and incorporating them into The Lord of the Rings, and Rúmil seems to be one of these. Nonetheless the name does not appear to have been given arbitrarily. The original Rúmil's name seems to have derived from words for 'secret' or 'whisper', and those meanings fit Rúmil of Lórien too, in his role as a stealthy guardian of the Northern Fences. The implication of secrecy and stealth may also connect with the name of his brother Haldir, of whose name one interpretation is 'hidden one'.

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