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Spotlight On Middle-Earth : Anduin The Great

In the Misty Mountains, this Mighty River is born. From greyest hills, to-wards the south he flows. Many waters joining as he passes. Strong and sure through many lands he goes. Oh, Anduin how many tells you cherish as you make your way to the Great Sea.


Let us journey down The Great River and spend sometime exploring the incredible wild beauty of this place. The Great River, also called Anduin is the longest river in Middle-earth. The Anduin flows from north to south for over 1,000 miles, passing  through Wilderland east of the Misty Mountains for much of its journey, and then passing the realms of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor before emptying into the Bay of Belfalas. The lands on either side of the Great River are called the Vales of the Anduin. Hobbits are believed to have once lived in the upper Vales of the Anduin in Wilderland, when the growing shadow in Mirkwood caused them to migrate across the Misty Mountains to Eriador. A group of Hobbits of the Stoor branch later returned to the Vales of the Anduin , some say they dwindled away, but did they ?

The Anduin then runs  swiftly until it reaches the marshland called the Gladden Fields which was located where the River Gladden joined the Anduin. It was there, in the year 2 of the Third Age, that Isildur perished and the One Ring was lost. The Ring lay at the bottom of the Anduin for over 2,000 years. In 2463, the Ring was found by Deagol, who was fishing with his friend Smeagol. They were of Hobbit, descended from the Stoors who had settled in the Vales of the Anduin.

Look upon Isildur and Anárion on the Anduin River. The two Argonath standing on pedestals in the water on either side of the Great River. Behind the statues, behold the high cliffs that form a narrow passage where the river pass and bend through before it widen to form the lake called Nen Hithoel. The Argonath are carved out in grey stone in the likenesses of Isildur and Anarion, sons of Elendil. They face north with their left arms raised, palm outward, so look at them in awe, oh traveler. Built to mark the northern borders of Gondor in the year 1248.

From forest dark into the twilight, to the Carrock home of bear-man, where Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves and wizard crossed its water clear. Through the Gladden Fields, where Isildur meat his fate and Smeagol a precious gold ring found. Between forest dark and forest light. The Argonath guard the passage,and Anduin gives them honor as he flows. Red are his waters flowing by the Palennor fields as the White City is saved. Passing gently into fair Ithilien. Onward toward the Sea the water rushes. On his shores history unfolds.

Article by Amorey - Laurelin Archives Webteam


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