Sep 22, 6:09pm
Aha! I said "seemingly" two Rúmils (not that you challenged me on it), in case one is going to imagine "them" as one (Robert Foster includes two different Rúmils, for example, in my Guide to Middle-earth -- the version published before the Silmarillion was published).
In any case, with respect to the "multitude of manuscripts, drafts, and doodles" as you say, these, in my opinion, agree with the general notion that the Eldar reused names. And it seems to me, from WPP, that for Tolkien, there wasn't a problem with the duplication of Rúmil, rather we see him wondering "why a Quenya name (and so on)" for this Elf. I assume Galadriel knew the name of Rúmil the Elf-sage.
If only Tolkien himself had published all this stuff about naming, then I wouldn't have to bounce around in my HOME.
Sorry, couldn't resist
(This post was edited by Elthir on Sep 22, 6:18pm)