_n. Bot. _silver birch, an emblem of Elbereth. Because of its association with Elbereth, Elves associated this tree with stars, and the word was often interpreted as 'daughter of the Queen', 'princess'. >> fimbrethil, nimbrethil
noun. beech, beech-tree, silver birch
place name. Brethil
Word Gloss brethil “silver birch, silver-birch; [N.] beech”
noun. silver birch
noun. silver birch, silver-birch; [N.] beech
- S. Brethil
- S. Fimbrethil “Wandlimb, (lit.) Slender-beech” ✧ SA/brethil
- S. Nimbrethil “Silver-birches” ✧ PE17/019; SA/brethil
Development Stages Sources √BARATH > brethil [barátʰil] > [bratʰil] > [braθil] > [breθil] ✧ PE17/022
- brethil ✧ PE17/019; PE17/023; PE17/082; SA/brethil
daughter of the Queen
_ n. _daughter of the Queen, princess.
noun. princess, (lit.) queen-daughter
- S. Fimbrethil “Wandlimb, (lit.) Slender-beech” ✧ PE17/023; PE17/082
- S. Nimbrethil “Silver-birches” ✧ PE17/019; PE17/023
Word Gloss bereth “queen, spouse; supreme, sublime” -il “feminine suffix”
- brethil ✧ PE17/019; PE17/023; PE17/082
- S. Neldoreth ✧ SA/neldor
- S. Taur-na-Neldor “Beech-forest” ✧ LotR/0469
1) brethil (i vrethil), pl. same as sg. except with article (i mrethil), coll. pl. ?brethiliath.
#riel (garlanded maiden), pl. ?rîl (idh rîl), coll. pl. riellath. Isolated from the name Galadriel.
†fêr (stem feren-, pl. ferin) (mast);
Forest where the Men of the House of Haleth dwelled in Beleriand, often called the Forest of Brethil (S/147). It is simply brethil “silver-birch” used as a name (Ety/NEL).
Conceptual Development: This name appeared in the Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (SM/115 note #11, LR/261). N. Brethil appeared in The Etymologies, along with a variant N. Brethorn “Forest of Brethil” (Ety/NEL, EtyAC/NEL).