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Subject: Meaning of Finduilas
Author: Undine   (Authenticated as Undine)
Date: April 18, 2009 at 4:59 AM

Gender: Feminine
Usage: JRR Tolkien's "The Silmarillion" (and other books)

I was wondering if anyone knew the meaning of Finduilas. If anyone has spent as long as me pouring through the appendices of the Silmarillion, they'll know that the first element "fin-" means "hair". It's just the last part, "duilas", I don't know about. I'm sure the name Finduilas is Sindarin, but I can't find a Quenya equivalent for it anywhere. I did some research and someone suggested that the second element could come from "duin" meaning "long river", but that's a pretty far stretch from "duilas".
Does anyone know anything more about the meaning?


Thou hast slain me, O my bride, and may it serve thee no whit,
For the soul within me loveth thee, not since yesterday nor today,
Thou has left me weak and broken in mien and in shape,
Betray me not who love thee, my Little Dark Rose!
From Róisín Dubh, translated by Patrick Pearse (1879–1916)

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