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Dimrost
Waterfall
Ted Nasmith - Up the Rainy Stairs.jpg
"Up the Rainy Stairs" by Ted Nasmith
General Information
Other namesNen Girith
LocationRiver Celebros in Brethil
TypeWaterfall
DescriptionFine-spraying waterfall, crossed by a wooden bridge

Dimrost, also known as Nen Girith, was a cascading waterfall on the stream of Celebros, where it flowed down to meet the River Taeglin on the borders of Brethil.[1] The falls raised a fine spray into the air, from which they took their name, which means "Rainy Stair". Above Dimrost, the Men of Brethil had constructed a wooden bridge to cross the Celebros.

From the bridge, a wide view could be seen, showing the Ravines of Taeglin two miles distant.[2]

[edit] History

When Níniel was first brought to Brethil, when she saw that view from the bridge, she started shivering uncontrollably - so much so that the name of Dimrost was changed to Nen Girith, the "Shuddering Water".[2] It was only later that the cause of her fear was discovered: the Ravines she had seen from the bridge would be the place of her tragic death.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Dimrost is Sindarin for "Rainy Stair": dim ("stair") and rost ("rain"). Nen Girith is a combination of nen ("water") and girith ("shuddering").[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Appendix 2: The Composition of the Text", [Map of Brethil]
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)", Nienor in Brethil
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Death of Glaurung"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", entries "Dimrost", "Nen Girith"