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Dates
Destroyed at the end of the First Age
Location
The second most southerly of the six rivers running westward through Ossiriand
Race
Division
Culture
Source
Among the western slopes of Ered Luin
Tributaries
None
Outflow
Into the river Gelion
Pronunciation
dui'lwen (where ui is pronounced as in English 'ruin')
Meaning
Something close to 'green river'1

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River Duilwen

The fifth of Gelion’s six tributaries

Map of the river Duilwen

The Seven Rivers of Ossir

One of the six rivers that flowed west through Ossiriand to meet Gelion. The Duilwen was the last-but-one of these to empty its waters into the great south-flowing river; only the Adurant was further south.


Notes

1

Elvish duil- means 'river' (from the same root as -duin in names like Anduin). The ending -wen has various possible meanings (it derives from a root word that can mean 'fresh', 'green' or 'young') but based on context in the name Duilwen it seems to derive from gwên, 'green'. The reason for the name is not explained; perhaps the river was literally green in colour, or perhaps its name relates it to the Green-elves who lived in the lands through which it flowed.

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