The meaning of grianan, part II

Something I read returned me to this unsolved and very crucial issue. A most startling phrase was fund at the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project under the entry for the townland of Grennan, Newry, Co. Down: “grianán nó tulach – a greenan or a hill”. But if a hill is called a tulach, instead of cnoc, corr, ben, etc., to describe a physical attribute, it signifies a specific purpose, which seems to include the presents of an ancestral burial (see also notes here). The phrase ‘a grianan or a tulach’ indicates that a grianan was somewhat different to a tulach but not by much, otherwise it would have been compared to a cnoc or any of the other names describing a hill by its shape not his function.
The wide spread, and perhaps later, use of grianan in various spellings (greenan, grenan, grinan, crinan) offers only confusion. Adding to the already existing list of being a name for a hill or peak, a lake, a townland, “a summer-house, a walk, arched or covered over a hill for commodious prospect, (a balcony), a royal seat”, a sunny place, ‘a place of some importance‘, a place with a good view, “a spot for drying things”, a paddock, a temple of the sun, a room or chamber or building of some sort of description, it is also a male name (Grian for a female name), a surname and than of course there is its literal translation of little sun, which was applied to the colder half of the year of autumn and winter with grian being used for spring and summer.
It seems exceptionally questionable that a language, which is otherwise very precise, as in the case of calling over 30 different types of rain by their respective name, would provide nearly as many and not necessarily complimentary options for the meaning of the same word.
But there was one lead and following its path, offered an explanation as to its origin.
A journey back in time with legends as guide.

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