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.
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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