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Dol Baran

place name. Dol Baran

topon. >> dol, paran

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:36:86:171] < ? & PAR peel (hence bark, book). Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by

Dol Baran

noun. gold-brown hill

(n-)dol (“hill”), baran (“gold-brown”) #The lack of lenition in baran could probably be explained by dialectal differences.

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dol baran

place name. *Bare Hill

A hill at the southern end of the Misty Mountains. Its initial element is dol(l) “head, hill” (PE17/36, RC/433) and its second element is the lenited form baran of the adjective paran “bare, naked; smooth, shaven” (PE17/86, RC/433), hence: “✱Bare Hill”.

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Dolbaran (WR/72), a form that also appeared in The Etymologies where its second element was N. baran “brown” (Ety/BARÁN). This is likely the etymology Christopher Tolkien used when he translated Dol Baran as “Golden-brown Hill” in the index of The Unfinished Tales (UTI/Dol Baran).

This etymology is problematic, however, since the following adjective baran should be lenited to varan, as happened (for example) in S. Parth Galen “Green Sward”. In his “Unfinished Index” of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien devised a new etymology for the word, with S. paran as the (lenited) second element (RC/433).


dol(l)“head, hill”
paran“bare, naked; smooth, shaven”
Sindarin [LotRI/Dol Baran; PE17/036; PE17/086; PE17/171; RC/433; UTI/Dol Baran] Group: Eldamo. Published by

Dol Baran

Dol Baran

The name means "Shaven hill" (dol + paran) referring to its lack of trees.

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