topon. Wilderland. >> rhaw
place name. Wilderland
Conceptual Development: A possible precursor to this name, rhofannor “Wilderness” appeared in The Etymologies from the 1930s (EtyAC/RAB), but with its final element being dôr; its gloss was capitalized, but the name was not. In draft maps for the Lord of the Rings from the 1940s, this name was N. Rhovanion (TI/296) and Rhovannion with two n’s (TI/318). At one point in the drafts of the Lord of the Rings appendices, it appeared as Róvannion with an initial R- instead of Rh- and a long ó (PM/214). In later writings, the form Rhóvannion with two n’s reappeared in Tolkien’s “Unfinished Index” of The Lord of the Rings (RC/14).
Róvannion→ Rhovan(n)ion ✧ PMI/Rhovan(n)ion
Word Gloss rhovan “wilderness; wild beast” -ion “-region, -land”
- Rhovan(n)ion ✧ PMI/Rhovan(n)ion
- Róvannion ✧ PMI/Rhovan(n)ion (
- Rhóvannion ✧ RC/014