The Serni was a short river of southern Gondor; it rose beneath the eastern White Mountains, and flowed southwestward through Lebennin until it met the River Gilrain at Linhir.
The name Serni is an "adjectival formation" deriving from Sindarin sarn ("small stone, pebble"). The meaning is therefore "stony".
The name of the river is spelled Serni in the maps of The Lord of the Rings. In the footnote 1 of the Preface of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil it is spelled Sernui.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 11
- ↑ Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p.348
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"