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A of Middle Earth
A of Middle Earth

A of Middle Earth


Amroth - The tragic former Lord of Lórien

"Of old he was an Elven-king, A lord of tree and glen, When golden were the boughs in spring In fair Lothlórien." - from Legolas' Song of Nimrodel - The Lord of the Rings II 6, Lothlórien

A former Lord of Lórien; he went into the south in search of Nimrodel, and was lost at sea. After his departure, Celeborn and Galadriel became Lord and Lady of Lórien.

Anborn - A tracker of Ithilien

A Man of Gondor and Ranger of Ithilien, who tracked Gollum in the last days of the War of the Ring. His captain Faramir overruled his desire to kill the creature; if Gollum had died, Sauron would almost certainly have been victorious.

Ancalagon - Mightiest of the winged Dragons

The mightiest of Morgoth's winged dragons, loosed from Angband against the host of the Valar at the end of the War of Wrath. Even that mighty army was driven back by the onset of Ancalagon and his vassals, but Eärendil came through the sky in Vingilot to do battle with the dragon armada, and he was aided by Thorondor and the Eagles. They fought for twenty-four hours, until Eärendil at last slew Ancalagon, who fell on the mountains of Thangorodrim and destroyed them in his ruin.

Angbor - Sturdy Lord of Lamedon

The Lord of Lamedon at the time of the War of the Ring. Famed for his fearlessness in the face of the Grey Host of the Dead, he aided Aragorn in his march to Minas Tirith.

Appledore Family - A family of the Men of Bree

A family name of the Big Folk of Bree. Only one member of the family appears in Tolkien's works - Rowlie Appledore, who was killed in fighting at Bree during the War of the Ring.

Araw - A name of Oromë in Middle-earth

The Sindarin form of the name of the Vala Oromë.

Argeleb II - The tenth King of Arthedain

Tenth King of Arthedain, son of Araphor, and direct ancestor of Aragorn Elessar.

Arod - The steed of Legolas and Gimli

A light horse of Rohan, whose name means simply 'swift'. After the loss of his original rider, Arod was given to Legolas by Éomer, and he served his new rider faithfully throughout the War of the Ring. For much of this time, Arod carried two riders, since Legolas was often accompanied by his friend Gimli.

Arvedui Last-king - Last of the Kings of Arthedain

Son of Araphant, the fifteenth and last King of Arthedain. When the forces of Angmar overran the last remnant of the North-kingdom, Arvedui fled into the far north, but perished in the Bay of Forochel. His eldest son, Aranarth, became the first Chieftain of the Dúnedain.

Arwen Evenstar - Noble Queen to Aragorn Elessar, Evenstar, Undómiel

Daughter of Elrond, Arwen forsook her Elven immortality to wed Aragorn II Elessar and become Queen of the Reunited Kingdom.

Asfaloth - The horse of Glorfindel

The horse of Glorfindel, who bore Frodo Baggins to safety at the Ford of Rivendell.


Amon Hen - The Hill of Sight

The Hill of Sight that stood on the western banks of the Anduin, above the Falls of Rauros, originally close to the northern borders of Gondor. It was on the slopes of Amon Hen that the Company of the Ring was broken, and from there Frodo began his lonely journey into Mordor with Sam.

Amon Lhaw - The Hill of Hearing in the eastern Emyn Muil

The Hill of Hearing that was the twin of Amon Hen, the Hill of Sight. It lay among the Emyn Muil on the eastern banks of the Anduin, above the Falls of Rauros. Though at one time it had been part of the northern borderlands of Gondor, that lay centuries in the past at the time of the War of the Ring; by then, it had long since fallen under the influence of Mordor.

Amon Sûl - The hill that Men called Weathertop

The Elvish name for the hill better known by its Mannish name, Weathertop. It lay at the southern end of the Weather Hills, and at one time had a tower built on its summit that held one of the palantíri.

River Anduin - The Great River

The Great River that ran for hundreds of miles southwards through Middle-earth, until it reached the sea in the Bay of Belfalas.

Anfalas - A shoreland fief of Gondor

The long strip of shoreland territory that lay between the Rivers Lefnui and Morthond, bounded to the north by the Green Hills of Pinnath Gelin. Anfalas is this land's Elvish name. Its name in the Common Speech, Langstrand had the same meaning: 'long shore'.

Angband - The Hells of Iron

"The wolf howls. The ravens flee. The ice mutters in the mouths of the sea. The captives sad in Angband mourn." - The Lay of Leithian VII 2200-2202in The History of Middle-earth vol. III The Lays of Beleriand

Angband was a mighty fortified citadel originally constructed by Melkor in the earliest days of the world as an outlying fortress to his northern stronghold of Utumno.

Angmar - The realm of the Witch-king

The realm of the Witch-king (the Lord of the Nazgûl) in the far north of the Misty Mountains; Angmar made war unceasingly with Arthedain and its allies, and eventually destroyed them, but was itself destroyed by an army of Gondor.

Angrenost - The ringed fortress also called Isengard

The name used by the Elves for Isengard, the fortress of Saruman at the head of the River Isen.

Annúminas - Ancient seat of the Kings of Arnor

The city of the Kings of Arnor, on the shores of Nenuial. The city was founded by Elendil himself, on the shores of the northern lake Nenuial, near the sources of the Baranduin. It was the chief city of the Kings of Arnor for several centuries, and home to one of the three palantíri of the North-Kingdom.

Anórien - The lands around Minas Tirith

That region of Gondor that lay at the eastern feet of the White Mountains, land under the direct control of the city of Minas Anor (later Minas Tirith).

Archet - Forest village of Bree-land

The most remote of the settlements of the Bree-land, set among the trees on the edge of the Chetwood, somewhat to the east of Bree itself.

Argonath - The Pillars of the Kings

Two mighty statues, carved in the likenesses of Isildur and Anárion, that guarded the passage of the Great River Anduin. They marked the ancient northern border of Gondor.

Arnor - The North-kingdom of the Dúnedain Founded by Elendil in the last years of the Second Age, Arnor was the great kingdom of Men in the north of Middle-earth. It lay between the Misty Mountains in the east, and the Blue Mountains on the borders of Lindon in the west, and encompassed the area where the Shire would be founded many years later. Its capital, and the seat of its Kings, was at Annúminas on Lake Nenuial.

Arvernien - The coastlands north of the Bay of Balar

The coastlands of Beleriand to the north of the Bay of Balar.

Ashen Mountains - The northern fences of Mordor

A name of the Ered Lithui, the northern mountain-fence of Mordor.

Azanulbizar - The deep-shadowed valley of the Dimrill Dale

The Dwarves' name for a valley between two arms of the Misty Mountains, called Nanduhirion by the Elves and the Dimrill Dale by Men. Azanulbizar was of vital importance in Dwarvish history: it was here that Durin first looked on the waters of Kheled-zâram and was inspired to found Khazad-dûm. It was here, too, millennia later, that Dwarves destroyed the the armies of the Orcs to bring an end to the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.


Aiglos (Aeglos) - The spear of Gil-galad

The spear of Gil-galad, carried by him to the War of the Last Alliance. Its name is translated 'snow-point'.

Athelas - An Elvish name for Kingsfoil

The plant also known as Kingsfoil or Asëa Aranion. Its leaves had healing properties, but by the end of the Third Age knowledge of its use was all but lost in Middle-earth.

asea aranion - See Athelas

Anor - An Elvish name for the Sun

The name for the Sun in the Sindarin language. It appears in many names, including Minas Anor, the original name for Minas Tirith, meaning 'Tower of the Setting Sun'. It is also seen in the flower-name elanor, 'sunstar', and perhaps in the title Gandalf claimed for himself on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, 'wielder of the flame of Anor'.

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