S. Gelion loc.

S. Gelion, loc.

A great river in eastern Beleriand (S/54). The meaning of the name is unclear. Given the river’s location in Ossiriand, this name might be Nandorin instead.

Conceptual Development: The name N. Gelion¹ first appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the early 1930s as a revision of earlier Flend (SM/135). In The Etymologies, Tolkien said the name was based on the Ilkorin word gelion “bright” (Ety/GYEL). In later notes, Tolkien considered renaming the river to Gelduin >> Gevilon >> Gevelon or Gevolon, the last of these an adaptation of Khuzdul Gabilân “Great River” (WJ/336; NM/311). He did not apply this change in the Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s, however.

References ✧ LT2I; MRI; NM/311; SI; WJ/336; WJI/Gelduin, Gelion, Gevelon



Element In



N. Gelion¹ loc.

See S. Gelion for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/GYEL, THAR; LR/265; LRI/Gelion; SM/135; SMI/Flend, Gelion



gell “joy, triumph, (?victory)” ✧ Ety/GYEL

Element In


N. Flend loc.

Earliest name of the river Gelion in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s. Its meaning is unclear.

References ✧ SM/135; SMI/Flend, Gelion