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Ered Nimrais

noun. whitehorn mountains

ered (pl. of orod “mountain”), nimp (“white”) + rais (pl. of ras “horn”) The original form of ras is probably rass with the final s dropped at the end of a polysyllable [HKF].

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ered nimrais

place name. White Mountains, (lit.) White-horns Mountains

Sindarin name of the “White Mountains” (LotR/258), more literally “White-horns Mountains” (UTI/Ered Nimrais). This name is a combination of the plural of orod “mountain” and the plural of Nimras “White Horn” (SA/nim, ras; PE17/89, 168).

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, these mountains were first called N. Eredvyrn or Ered Myrn “Black Mountains” (TI/124), later changed to “White Mountains” with numerous Elvish forms: N. Hebel Orolos >> Hebel Uilos (WR/137) >> Hebel or Ephel Nimrais (WR/137) >> Hebel or Ered Nimrath (WR/137, 167) >> Ered Nimras (WR/168), then briefly to Eredfain before finally Ered Nimrais (WR/288). In later writings it occasionally appeared with the proper Sindarin plural of orod: S. Eryd (PE17/168, WJ/385).


Nimras“White Horn”


  • Eryd Nimrais ✧ PE17/168; WJI/Eryd Nimrais
Sindarin [LotR/0258; LotRI/Ered Nimrais; LotRI/White Mountains; PE17/168; RSI/Ered Nimrais; S/094; SA/nim; SA/ras; SI/Ered Nimrais; UTI/Ered Nimrais; WJI/Eryd Nimrais] Group: Eldamo. Published by