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I of Middle Earth
I of Middle Earth

I of Middle Earth


Iarwain Ben-adar - ‘Oldest and Fatherless’

The name used among the Elves for the being known to the Hobbits as Tom Bombadil. It has the literal meaning 'oldest and fatherless'.

Imrahil - Prince of Dol Amroth

The Prince of Dol Amroth at the time of the War of the Ring, who fought at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and marched on Mordor with the host of Aragorn II Elessar.

Incánus - Gandalf’s name in the south of Middle-earth

Gandalf's name 'in the south' (probably meaning no further south than Gondor or the Near Harad), gained during his long travels in Middle-earth in the mid-Third Age.

Isengarders - The soldiers of Isengard

A general term for the inhabitants and soldiers of Isengard, but used especially by Tolkien with reference to the servants of Saruman in the War of the Ring.

Isengrim Took III - The eldest son of the Old Took

The eldest of the twelve children of Gerontius, the Old Took. Because of his father's famous longevity, Isengrim was already an old hobbit himself when he inherited the title of Thain, being no less than eighty-eight years old. He did not survive long in his new office, and died just ten years after his father. He was succeeded by his younger brother, who became Thain Isumbras Took IV.

Isildur - Elendil’s mighty son and heir

Eldest son and heir of Elendil, who cut the One Ring from the hand of Sauron after the Siege of Barad-dűr. He was lost with his company and three eldest sons at the Disaster of the Gladden Fields early in the Third Age.


Imlad Morgul - The valley of the Morgulduin

The valley among the western slopes of the Ephel Dúath where Minas Morgul (originally Minas Ithil) stood. This name was used in the later Third Age after the capture of the tower by the Nazgűl.

Imladris - The haven in the deep valley known as Rivendell

The Elvish name for Elrond's refuge in the western glens of the Misty Mountains, known to Men as Rivendell.

River Isen - The ‘iron river’ that flowed past the gates of Isengard

The river that rose in the southern foothills of the Misty Mountains, and ran westward for some three hundred miles to reach the Great Sea in the southern regions of the Enedwaith.

Isengard - The fortress of Saruman

A Gondorian fortification at the southern end of the Misty Mountains, at the source of the River Isen. It was granted to the Wizard Saruman by Steward Beren of Gondor, and destroyed by the Ents during the War of the Ring, though its central tower of Orthanc remained standing.

Isenmouthe - The iron jaws to the south of Udűn

Called Carach Angren, the Iron Jaws, the Isenmouthe was the pass at the southern end of the valley of Udűn in northern Mordor, where it marched with the Plateau of Gorgoroth.

Ithilien - The narrow lands of Gondor east of the Anduin

The lands of Gondor east of the River Anduin, on the borders of Mordor. With the capture of Minas Ithil, and the return of the Nazgűl to the Black Land, Ithilien became a deserted country.


Iron Crown - The crown of Morgoth in Angband

The crown forged by Morgoth after his return to Middle-earth to hold the three Silmarils; he bore it throughout the First Age, but after his defeat by the Valar the crown was beaten into a collar for his neck.

Isildur’s Bane - Betrayer of the second Ring-bearer

A name for the One Ring. After Sauron's defeat in the War of the Last Alliance, Isildur Elendil's son took the Ring, and later journeyed northward with it to his kingdom of Arnor. Ambushed by Orcs, Isildur's small force was cut down, and he fled the battle wearing the Ring. It slipped from his finger, though, and so both Isildur and the Ring were lost.

Ithildin - The magical substance known as Starmoon

A magical substance made by the Elves from mithril, that could only be seen by the reflected light of the moon and stars, and even then remained hidden until a magical word was said. Gandalf translated its name as 'starmoon', but 'moon-sparkle' would be a more literal rendering. The designs on the West-gate of Moria were made from this substance.

Ithil-stone - The Palantír of Minas Ithil

The palantír that stood in Isildur's ancient fortress of Minas Ithil. It was captured by the Nazgűl in the mid-Third Age, and was used by Sauron to entrap Saruman and Denethor during the War of the Ring.

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