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Duilwen by Matěj Čadil

The Duilwen was one of the six rivers that flowed west through Ossiriand to meet Gelion. The Duilwen was the last-but-one of these to flow into the great south-flowing river; only the Adurant was further south.[1]


Duilwen is probably a Sindarin[2] name but was originally conceived as Ilkorin by Tolkien, consisted of the Ilkorin elements duil ("river") and gwene ("green").[3][4] Helge Fauskanger has suggested that the element -wen is a "lenited and shortened form of gwene".[5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Duilwen"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 355 (DUI-), 359 (GWEN-)
  4. "Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth", (accessed 28 January 2013)
  5. Helge Fauskanger, "Ilkorin - a "lost tongue"?", Ardalambion (accessed 28 January 2013)