S. Rían f. “Crown-gift”

S. Rían, f. “Crown-gift”

Wife of Huor and mother of Tuor (S/148), her name seems to be a compound of “crown” and ann¹ “gift”, though it could also be rían “queen” used as a name.

Conceptual Development: When it first appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name was N. Rían (SM/35) but in later drafts it appeared as N. Rian with a short i (LR/131), which was its usual form in this period. In The Etymologies it appeared as N. Rhian glossed “Crown-gift”, which is the source of the gloss and derivation given above (Ety/RIG). In Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s, the form S. Rían with a long í was restored (WJ/52).

References ✧ Minor-Doc/1964-03-05; PMI; SI; UTI; VT50/20; WJI





“wreath, garland”
ann¹ “gift”

Element In

N. Rian f. “Crown-gift”

See S. Rían for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/RIG; LRI; SMI/Rían; TII/Rían




Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶rīg-anna > Rhian [rīganna] > [rīɣanna] > [rīɣann] > [r̥īɣann] > [r̥īann] > [r̥īan] ✧ Ety/RIG