River-maids, also called River-maidens, are beautiful, immortal spirits of nature tied to the rivers and streams of Middle-earth. They are said to be the daughters of the "River-woman." Like many spirits of Arda, River-maids may be a kind of Maiar, embodying the element of Water, but this has never been confirmed. The most famous River-maid is Goldberry, daughter and guardian of the River Withywindle in the Old Forest, and companion to Tom Bombadil.
The Five Sisters
- Roamingstar, Maiden of Gilrain (River Gilrain) -
- Grey-eye, Maiden of Serni (River Serni) -
- The River Serni flows south from the mountains to the east of Ost Anglebed where it turns to the west, south of that settlement and continues on to Linhir in Lower Lebennin, Central Gondor.
- Silverfroth, Maiden of Celos (River Celos) -
- The River Celos is the river marking the eastern border of Central Gondor flowing south into Pelargir in Central Gondor and Eastern Gondor.
- Truetongue, Maiden of Sirith (River Sirith) -
- The River Sirith is the river flowing south from Tumladen, joining with the Celos just north of Pelargir enroute to the Anduin.
- The Lone Lady, Maiden of Erui (River Erui) -
Goldberry is the only River-maid who appears in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. However, the existence of her mother, the River-woman, points to the possibility of other river-spirits in Middle-earth.