This is a quote from Silmarillion, but I really do not know if there are two meanings or one. Because on my language this "Followers" can means that come after the Firstborn or those who likes following, like sheep. For example, I can say "The Secondborn" instead Followers. This is the oficial translation.
So, in your interpretation, these word has just one meaning and the second one is just misunderstood or that word really can be used with these two meanings and that looks like a double intentional interpretation?