Places in Middle-earth
Type: Rivers & Lakes
Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns
Meaning: the noisy one
Greylin Name given by the Éothéod to a river flowing from Ered Mithrin to join Anduin near its source. (The second element of the name must be Anglo-Saxon hlynn 'torrent', the literal meaning of which was probably 'the noisy one'.)
Unfinished Tales, Index
The new land of the Éothéod lay north of Mirkwood.... Southward it extended to the confluence of the two short rivers that they named Greylin and Langwell. Greylin flowed down from Ered Mithrin, the Grey Mountains, but Langwell came from the Misty Mountains....
... it was some four hundred and fifty of our miles between the confluence of Greylin and Langwell (where was their only fortified burg) and the inflow of Limlight into Anduin....
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: The Ride of Eorl
These rivers, unnamed [in the first edition], are marked on the map to The Lord of the Rings. The Greylin is there shown as having two tributary branches.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: Notes, Note 20
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 9Oct05