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Dates
Destroyed at the end of the First Age
Location
A northern tributary of Teiglin flowing out of the Mountains of Shadow to the northwest of the Forest of Brethil
Source
The southern slopes of Ered Wethrin, the Mountains of Shadow
Tributaries
None
Outflow
Into the upper course of Teiglin
Passes
The springs of Glithui lay on the southern side of a pass running over the shoulder of Amon Darthir
Pronunciation
glee'thui (ui as in English 'ruin')
Meaning
Uncertain1

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River Glithui

A minor tributary of the Teiglin

A small river that rose beneath Amon Darthir in the Mountains of Shadow, beneath a steep and treacherous pass out of Dor-lómin into West Beleriand. It flowed southward away from the mountains for less than fifty miles, after which its waters ran into the Teiglin, and on into the mighty river Sirion.

The Glithui is shown on the map that accompanies The Silmarillion, but is not labelled there. It is the minor tributary that joins the Teiglin a little to the north of the River Malduin.


Notes

1

The meaning of the name Glithui is not explained, and remains obscure. We have a single clue in the fact that one instance of the name is spelt Gilthui, which might potentially connect with the very old word giltha, meaning a white metal, and especially silver. In form, Glithui appears to be an adjective, so we might very tentatively interpret the name as something like 'silvery'.

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