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Important Places In Middle-Earth

From: Kjell Arne Brudvik

Anduin, the great river, in which the One Ring (cut from Saurons's hand) slipped from the finger of Aragorn's ancestor, Isildur, and was lost. A hobbit-like creature named Déagol found it, long afterwards, but was murdered by Sméagol, who took the ring. Sméagol later lived under the misty mountains and became known as Gollumn. When the fellowship of the Ring went south by boat from Lórien, they travelled down the river, pursued (on a log) by Gollum.

Angmar, the Witch-realm of the north, once ruled by the Lord of the Nazqûl, chief servant of the Dark Lord Sauron.

Barad-Dûr, the dark tower, Sauron's fortress in the land of Mordor

Barrow-Downs, where, caught in a fog, Frodo, Merry, Pippin and Sam were lured between two standing stones into the burial chambers of a dreadful Barrow-wight, an encounter from which they were rescued by Tom Bombadil.

Bree, where Frodo and his companions stopped at The Prancing Pony Inn; Frodo accidentally used the Ring and disappeared the landlord, Barliman Butterbur gave Frodo a belated message from Gandalf; and the four hobbits met "Strider".

Buckland, where Frodo lived as a young hobbit. It was to a home near here (in Crickhollow) that he pretended to be moving when he set off on his journey. It was on the road to Buckland that Frodo and his companions first realised that they were being followed by Black Riders; and it was in the nearby Woody End that they met Gildor and the elves. While taking a short cut to avoid the pursuing Riders, they trespassed onto the land of Farmer Maggot, who gave the hobbits a wonderful meal of home-grown mushrooms.

Carrock, near this rock in the river Anduin was Beorn's House, home of the shape-shifting bee-keeper who, in "The Hobbit", gave hospitality to Gandalf, Bilbo and the Dwarves in his great wooden hall.

Dead Marches, fenland to the west of the ancient site of the Battle of Dagorland. Gollum led Frodo and Sam through these treacherous marshes where the dead of that battle lay buried, their corpses candles giving off an eerie light.

Dimrill Dale, the valley which the Fellowship came into after leaving the Mines of Moria. From its lake, Mirrormere (Kheled-zâram), the river Silverlode flowed down to Lórien.

Dol Amroth, the coastal citadel from where the Prince Imrahil rode to the aid of Gondor.

Dol Guldur, former fortress of Sauron on the southern edge of Mirkwood. The dark lord was driven out of this tower by the White Council and fled to Mordor. However, the fortress remained a stronghold for Sauron's forces during the War of the Ring until it was finally destroyed by the elves of Lórien led by the Lady Galadriel.

Edoras, city of Rohan where, in Meduseld, the Golden Hall, Gandalf first sought the aid of Théoden, King of the Mark. Later Gandalf returned to confront the King with the rise of Sauron and the treachery of both Sauron and Théoden's own counsellor Gríma, known as Wormtounge. In the hills south west of Edoras was the Hold of Dunharrow, the refuge to which the women and children of the Mark were sent for safety, under the protection of Théoden's niece. +owyn; and from where Aragorn took the Paths of the Dead under Dwimorberg, the Haunted Mountains.

Emyn Muil, the rocky region, surrounding Nen Hitoel, the lake above the falls of Rauros. After the breaking of the fellowship, Frodo and Sam passed across the eastern side to the Dead Marshes and began thei journey towards Mordor.

Erebor, The Lonely Mountains, former stronghold of dwarf lord, Thain, King under the Mountain. It was here, in "The Hobbit", that Bilbo had his conversation with Smaug the dragon; and it was at the Front Gate that the Battle of Five Armies was fought in which elves, men and dwarves (aided by Beorn, the great Eagles of the north and one hobbit) battled with goblins and wild wolves.

Erech, the hill where Aragorn gathered with the Oathbreakers, the army of the dead, before attacking the enemy fleet at Pelargir.

Esgaroth, Lake Town, built on the Long Lake. In "The Hobbit" Bilbo and the dwarves visited the town, following their escape from the hall of the Eleven-King. Smaug the dragon later attacked and destroyed Esgaroth, but was slain by Bard the Bowman.

Fangorn, the ancient forest where Merry and Peppin (having escaped from the orcs) encountered Treebeard and his fellow Ents, tree-herds who had grown like the trees for which they were responsible. Treebeard, having summoned an Entmoot, led an army of Ents and Huorns against Saurman's stronghold at Isengard. It was here also. on

Treebeard's Hill, that Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas were reunited with Gandalf the White.

Field Of Celebrant, site of ancient battle between the men of the West and Easterlings owing allegiance to Sauron.

Ford Of Bruinen, crossing the River Loudwater, where Frodo was pursued by the nine Black Riders on his desperate flight to the safety of Rivendell.

Gondor, the southern Kingdom of Middle-Earth, founded in the Second Age by the Dúnedain, the men of westernesse.

Grey Havens, the harbour on the Firth of Lhûn from which the ring-bearers (Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel) set sail on their final journey, across the Sundering Seas into the Undying Lands.

Helm's Deep, a defend refuge in a gorge cut by the Deeping Stream. Named after Helm Hammerband, former King of Rohan. The fortification, the Hornburg, was later the site of the Battle of Helm's Deep in which Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and King Théoden's nephew, +omer, drove back the orc hordes.

Hobbiton,-across-the-water, a hobbit village in The Shire. On The Hill was Bag End, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins' hobbit-hole, with its round doors and windows, from where both of them set out on their adventures. At the bottom of the hill ran a river, called The Water, and nearby was the village of Bywater, site of the last battle fought in the War of the Ring.

Isengard, a great ring of rocks surrounding the black stone tower of Orhanc, citadel of Saurman the White, later Saurman of Many Colours. When Saurman became an ally of Sauron, he imprisoned his brother wizard, Gandalf, here. Later the great eagle, Gwaihir the Windlord, rescued Gandalf from Orthanc's highest pinnacle and carried him to Edoras.

Isenmouthe, in Mordor, where Frodo and Sam managed to escape the Orc army which was taking them to Udûn.

Ithilien, the country between the Anduin and the Mountains of Mordor. It was here that Frodo and Sam met Faramir, brother of Boromir who took them to a refuge behind the waterfall at Henneth Annûn, the "Window of the Sunset"

Lórien(Lothlórien), the wooded realm of the elven-folk, where the tallest and most beautiful trees in Middle-earth grew; trees with silver bark and golden leaves. It was to

Caras Galadhon, the elven-city among these trees, that the Fellowship were led blindfold by Haldir the elf. Here they were greeted by the Lord Celeborn and the Lady Galadriel, in whose mirror (a stone basin filled with water) Frodo and Sam saw visions of things happening far beyond the golden woods of Lothlórien.

Minas Morgul, once Minas Ithil (the tower of the Rising Moon), the location of one of the palantíri(seeing stones), later used by Sauron. It was from the nearby Morgul-road that Gollum lead Frodo and Sam into the cobwebbed lair of Shelob, the great spider. The passage guarded by Shelob led to the Tower of Cirith Ungol, originally built by Gondor to keep watch on Mordor. It was here that Frodo, after being stung by shelob, was imprisoned by Orcs and rescued by Sam.

Minas Tirith, the Tower of Guard; formerly Minas Anor (the Tower of the Setting Sun), principal city of Gondor. Within its seven circular walls, stood the Citadel, with the King's House and the White tower of Ecthelion where Denethor, the last Steward of Gondor and father of Boromir and Faramir, consulted the palantír (seeing stone) and, falling under the mind of Sauron, grew mad and believed the city would be taken by the Dark Lord. But, although besieged, Minas Tirith did not fall. At the battle of the Pelennor Fields, during which King Théoden was slain, the allies faced and drove back the hosts of Mordor. +owyn (disguised as a man), killed the steed of the Lord of the Nâzgul but was badly wounded and was only saved from death by the heroism of Merry. The wounded were cared for in the Houses of Healing, but Denethor, taking the unconscious body of his son Faramir, lit a funeral pyre. Although Gandalf rescued Faramir, Denethor died in the flames. It was in Minas Tirith, following the fall of Mordor, that Aragorn was crowned King and married to the Lady Arwn, daughter of Elrond of Rivendell.

Mirkwood, a gloomy forest of old trees, strangled with ivy. It was here, in "The Hobbit", that the dwarves were attacked by spiders and bound up with cobweb. They were rescued by Bilbo using the ring to make himself invisible. At its south-western corner stood Dol Guldur.

Misty Mountains, beneath which, in the north, lay the Goblin Town visited by Bilbo in "The Hobbit". It was in the passageways under this town that Bilbo met Gollum and found the One Ring. On the eastern side of these mountains was the Eagle's Eyrie, where the Lord of Eagles carried Bilbo and his companions after the attack by Wargs. In the southern arm of this range rose three great peaks Caradhras (Redhorn), Celebdil (Silvertine) and Fanuidhold (Cloudyhead). The Fellowship of the Ring planned to cross the mountains by the Redhorn Pass, but were prevented by snows. Entering Moria Gate they made their way through the old dwarf kingdom of Khazad-dûm, emerging by the Great Gates into Dimrill Dale. It was on the highest peak of Celebdil, the Zirakzigil, that the final struggle took place between Gandalf and the Balrog.

Morannon, the Black Gate, built by the men of Gondor to keep watch on Mordor at the beginning of the Third Age, following the defeat of Sauron. Vast, iron doors shut fast beneath a frowning arch, the gate closed off Cirith Gorgor, the Haunted Pass. Guarded by twin defences- Carchost (Fang Fort) and Narchost (Fire-tooth), sometimes named the Teeth of Mordor- it was in front of this gate that Gandalf had parley with the Mouth of Sauron and Aragorn gathered his army for the Battle of Morannon.

Mordor, the black land of terror, named from the desolation caused by its being possessed by the Dark Lord Sauron. It was filled with hills of slag, broken rock and blasted earth.

Moria Gate, the Doors of Durin, inscribed with the words "speak friend, and enter", which only opened to the Fellowship when Gandalf spoke the password "mellon" the Elvish word for "friend". In front of these doors lay a dark pool, within which lurked the Watcher in the Water, a ghastly, tentacled creature. Mountains of Mirkwood, near here, on the Forest River, stood the Elven-king's Halls, where, in "The Hobbit", the dwarves were held captive until Bilbo rescued them and helped the escape, by barrel, to Esgaroth.

Mount Doom, the mountain of Fire (Orodruin), a huge mass of ash and burned stone on the Plateau of Gorgoth in Mordor. Here, in the Sammath Naur (Chambers of Fire), Sauron forged the One Ring. It was to the crack of Doom, on the mountain's side that Frodo carried the Ring and where, after his final struggle with Gollum, it was returned to the fires. With the end of the Ring came the fall of Mordor, Frodo and Sam being rescued from the burning slopes of Orodruin by Gwaihir and the eagles.

Mount Mindollun, the great peak of the White Mountains, rising above the vity of Minas Tirith. To the north, below the purple shadows of the mountain, was Druadan Forest, home of the Woses, an ancient, wild, woodland people who aided the allies in breaking the Siege of Gondor.

Old Forest, where Frodo and his friends fell foul of Old Man Willow and were rescued by Tom Bombadil, who then, with his wife, Goldberry, entertained the hobbits in his house.

Orodruin, see Mount Doom.

Osgiliath, Citadel of the Stars, city of Gondor built during the Second Age of middle-earth, through the midst of which flowed the river Anduin. Destroyed by enemies of

Gondor, it was rebuilt by Denethor, as an outpost to Minas Tirith. During the final days of the War of the Ring, Denethor sent his son, Faramir, to Osgiliath, an expedition that ended with Faramir being wounded.

Pelargir, the port on the Anduin where Aragorn and the Shadow Host of the Dead seized the black-sailed fleet of the Corsairs of Umbar. Then, releasing the dead army to their rest, Aragorn took his men by ship to Minas Tirith.

Rauros, waterfall at the southern end of the lake, Nen Hithoel. On the south-western bank was Amon Hen (the Hill of the Eye) where Frodo sat on the Seat of Seeing and saw far across Middle-earth to the Dark Tower of Sauron. It was nearby, at Parth Galen, that the Fellowship was broken when orcs captured Merry and Pippin and killed Boromir. Froro and Sam crossed Nen Hithoel by boat and entered the eastern Emyn Muil.

Rivendell, the Last Homely House east of the Sea, home of Elrond Halfelven. Visited, in "The Hobbit", by Bilbo (who later lived there) and then by Frodo, who attended the council of Elrond at which the Fellowship of the Ring was established.

Rohan, the rolling grass-lands that formed the kingdom of the horse-lords, ruled by King Théoden from his Golden Hall at Edoras. It was on the plains of Rohan that Gandalf found, tamed and rode the horse, Shadowfax the Great.

Sarn Gebir, rapids on the river Anduin, where the Fellowship was attacked by Orc bowmen and Legolas slew one of the terrible flying creatures on which the Nazgûl rode.

The Shire, a rural region of Eriador, populated by hobbits. The Shire was divided into four Farthings, its principal town being Michel Delving.

Trollshaw, where, in "The Hobbit", Bilbo and the dwarves encountered the trolls who with the coming dawn, were turned to stone. The stone trolls were later re-discovered by Frodo and his friends on their journey.

Weathertop, once the site of an ancient watchtower, where "Strider" (Aragorn) and his hobbit-companions found a message scratched on a stone by Gandalf and where they were attacked by the Black Riders.

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