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Gary Gygax took the word 'drow' from a Scots cognate of troll, with one of the meanings being 'dark elf'.

David Sutherland III introduced the 'drider' in module Q1, as a drow that has been transformed by Lolth into a creature with the upper body of a drow and the lower body of a spider.

Is there any explicit statement of Sutherland's etymology for the term drider?

The name certainly suggests a portmanteau of drow-spider. But Gygax stated that his conception of the drider was that it would be a human whose soul was drained by Lolth, so drow-spider may be spurious, or may have been deliberate on the part of Sutherland.

Without speculation, is there reference that can confirm the actual etymology?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I can't find a source, but "drow spider" seems the most obvious etymology. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 21 '21 at 4:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ I’m voting to close this question because designer intent questions are off topic. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 21 '21 at 7:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ "Is there any explicit statement of Sutherland's etymology for the term drider?" Doesn't seem to fall foul of the issues with designer intent, it's not guesswork as to why or who made a decision? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 21 '21 at 15:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov I am not asking why he chose the name. I am asking whether a source exists stating the derivation of the name. \$\endgroup\$
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AncientSwordRage That's where the link on the word "drider" in the Question already links to. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 21 '21 at 17:58

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