Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, these mountains were called G. Heborodin “Encircling Hills” (LT2/166). In the tale “The Wanderings of Húrin” from the late 1950s, Tolkien changed the name to Echoriad (meaning unclear), but Christopher Tolkien retained the earlier but more common form Echoriath in the published version of The Silmarillion (WJ/271, 302 note 27).
place name. Encircling Mountains, (lit.) Encircling Fence
- Echoriath → Echoriad ✧ WJI/Echoriad
- S. alae! ered en Echoriath, ered e·mbar nín “[?behold!] the mountains of Echoriath, the mountains of my home!” ✧ UT/040
Word Gloss echor “outer circle; encircling” iath “fence”
- Echoriad ✧ WJI/Echoriad
place name. Encircling Mountains