§ Ruinnel ’Redway’ (TI:114)
§ Celeb(rind)rath ’Silverlode’ (TI:241)
These are further names of later Celebrant, earlier Crandir (and other forms, see 1.10).
Although there is a later Sindarin word ruin ’(fiery) red’ (PM:366) < RUN- ’red, glowing’, there is no hint that this stem was current at the time of The Etymologies. Instead we find RUN- as ’flat of hand and sole of foot’, but ROY2- (N. GROJ-) with gruin ’ruddy, red’. The explicit mention of Noldorin GROJ- instead of ROY- together with initial r- (which becomes rh- in Noldorin) lead to the assumption that this may be in fact an Ilkorin word from the same stem or from earlier RUY- (VT46:12), as Ilkorin keeps voiced r- . Compare also later √RUYU ’blaze (red)’ with derivatives like Q. ruina ’blazing, fiery’; Q. ruimen, S. ruist ’fireplace, hearth’ (PE17:183).
However, in The Return of the Shadow Rimbedir, Rathcarn and Rohan were already found, on the other hand Rhascaron. Are the three first words then Ilkorin as well? It is hard to say, especially as there was no abrupt jump in the external development from Noldorin to Sindarin, which also keeps voiced r-.
If the translation ’Redway’ is literal, the element -nel must inevitably mean ’way’, but it is difficult to refer it to a stem. We find NEL- with the meaning ’three’, originally ’point, triangle’ (VT46:3). Perhaps we are rather dealing here with N. *nel(l), a cognate of Q. nelle (< nen-le) (NEN-), translated as ’brook’, but here used for a river. See also Nen-uinel below (2.59).
Celebrath consists transparently out of celeb ’silver’ (KYELEP-,TELEP-) and N. rath ’course, river-bed’ (RAT-). The alternative Celebrindrath clearly contains the adjective celebrin ’of silver’. The infixion of d into the cluster -nr- looks like a mere glide, compare G. in·runc > indrunc (GL:8) or *man- > mandra ’noble’ (GL:56).