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Dates
Created at the beginning of the Second Age; destroyed in the Downfall of Númenor in II 3319
Location
Running southwards from the Meneltarma to reach the Sea at Nindamos on Númenor's southern coast
Race
Division
Culture
Settlements
Nindamos stood at the Siril's mouths
Source
The valley of Noirinan beneath the Meneltarma
Tributaries
None
Outflow
Into the Great Sea at Nindamos
Pronunciation
si'ril
Meaning
Apparently simply 'river'1

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River Siril

The major river of the island of Númenor

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The greatest of the few rivers on the island of Númenor; it rose in the valleys beneath the Meneltarma, and flowed directly southwards to come to the sea at the fishing port of Nindamos, on the borders of the Hyarnustar and the Hyarrostar.


Notes

1

In The Etymologies (in volume 5 of The History of Middle-earth) siril is given as the Quenya word for 'rivulet'. Númenor's River Siril was clearly more than a simple rivulet (though still a relatively minor river compared to, say, the Anduin) hence the translation 'river' above. An alternative derivation might be from sîr ril 'glittering river', but Tolkien nowhere hints at such a connection.

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