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N of Middle Earth
N of Middle Earth

N of Middle Earth


Narvi - Maker of the Doors of Durin

A great craftsman of the Dwarves, who lived and worked at the height of the power of Khazad-dûm. He formed a friendship with Celebrimbor, the master artificer of neighbouring Eregion. Together these two made their most famous achievement for King Durin III, the Doors of Durin that guarded the West-gate of Moria.

Necromancer - A name given to Sauron

The evil being who dwelt at Dol Guldur in the heart of Mirkwood; originally thought by the Wise to be one of the Nazgûl, Gandalf later discovered that the Necromancer was Sauron himself.

Nimrodel - An Elf-maid of Lórien

An Elf-maid of Lórien, beloved of Amroth, who travelled into the southern lands of Middle-earth and became lost in the White Mountains.

The Nine - The Rings given by Sauron to Men, and their nine slaves

A title given to the nine Nazgûl, and also to the Nine Rings through which Sauron controlled them.

Nob - One of the servants of Barliman Butterbur

With Bob, one of the two Hobbit servants of Barliman Butterbur at the inn of the Prancing Pony in Bree.

Noldor - The followers of Finwë

The division of the Elves that followed Finwë as their lord. In the long march from Cuiviénen to the western shores of Middle-earth, they were the second great host. When they reached Valinor, they learned much from Aulë the Smith, and were accounted the greatest of the Elves in matters of lore and craft.

Nori - One of the twelve Dwarvish companions of Thorin Oakenshield

A Dwarf of the House of Durin, who accompanied his lord Thorin II Oakenshield on the Quest of Erebor.

Northmen - The ancestors of the Rohirrim

The Men of the north of Middle-earth, and especially those that dwelt about the upper reaches of the Vales of Anduin, from whom the Rohirrim were descended.

Númenóreans - The mightiest of Men

The Men of Númenor, descendants of the Edain of the First Age, who were granted the island of Elenna as a dwelling place. They turned against the Valar, and their island home was destroyed in the last years of the Second Age.


Nan Curunír - The valley of the Wizard Saruman

The name given in the late Third Age to the valley in the southern feet of the Misty Mountains where Isengard stood. The name is taken from Curunír, the Elvish name of the Wizard Saruman, who dwelt there. < br>
Nanduhirion - The Dimrill Dale

The dale that lay to the southeast of Khazad-dûm, where the lake of Kheled-zâram lay. This was the site of the decisive battle in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.

Nan-tasarion - A name for the Land of Willows

One of several names used to describe the watery region where the waters of the Narog flowed into Sirion. A forest of willow-trees grew there, from which it took its many names: Nan-tasarion, Tasarinan and (most commonly) Nan-tathren are all Elvish names meaning 'willow valley'.

Nargothrond - The hidden fortress on the River Narog

The stronghold of Nargothrond was carved into the rock beneath Taur-en-Faroth, and could only be approached by a narrow path along the high banks of the River Narog. No bridge was built across the river until late in its history. The citadel long lay hidden from Morgoth, and was ruled wisely for long years by Finrod. After he was lost in the Quest of the Silmaril, his brother Orodreth expelled the usurping sons of Fëanor, Celegorm and Curufin, and was lord in Nargothrond.

Narrow Ice - Bilbo’s name for the Helcaraxë

A name for the treacherous icy wastes in the far north of the world, that ran between Aman and Middle-earth in former Ages of the World. This region was called the Helcaraxë by the Elves; the name 'Narrow Ice' is only ever used by Bilbo Baggins, in his poem Eärendil was a mariner.

Forest of Neldoreth - The lesser, northern forest of Doriath

The beech-forest on the banks of the River Esgalduin that formed the northern and lesser part of the Kingdom of Doriath.

Nen Hithoel - The great lake that fed the Falls of Rauros

The great oval lake that lay in the mid-course of the River Anduin, which entered it through the Gates of Argonath to the north and the emptied in the rushing falls of Rauros some twenty miles to the south. The lake, whose name is translated as 'Mist-cool Water', was surrounded on all sides by the grey stony hills of the Emyn Muil. Most important among its surrounding hills were two that lay at its southern end, the famous Amon Hen and Amon Lhaw, the Hills of Sight and Hearing.

New Row - The smials that replaced Bagshot Row

The row of hobbit-holes cut into the southern face of Hobbiton Hill after the War of the Ring. They were made to replace Bagshot Row, which had been destroyed by Sharkey's Men.

Nimbrethil - The birchwoods of Arvernien

A region of birchwoods that lay in the land of Arvernien, on the northern shore of the Bay of Balar. Wood from the forests of Nimbrethil was used by Eärendil to construct his ship Vingilot.

River Nimrodel - The river of the lost Elf-maiden

The small river that rose in the eastern foothills of the Misty Mountains, and flowed east to meet the Celebrant on the western borders of Lórien

Nindalf - The Wetwang marshes beneath the Emyn Muil

The great marshland region beneath the Emyn Muil that formed where the river Entwash flowed into the Anduin.

North Downs - The hills above Fornost

A range of hills in the north of Middle-earth, at the south end of which lay Fornost Erain, ancient city of the Dúnedain.

Northlands - The northern regions of Middle-earth

A term most commonly used to refer to the regions north of Beleriand, including Dorthonion, Dor-lómin and the lands around Angband. In later Ages, it was used more broadly for the northern regions of Middle-earth.

Northfarthing of the Shire - The northern quarter of the Land of the Halflings

The cold northern quarter of the Shire, in which the Battle of Greenfields was fought.

North-kingdom - Arnor, the northern of the Kingdoms of the Dúnedain

Arnor, the northern of the Two Kingdoms founded in Middle-earth by Elendil and his sons. The other was Gondor in the south.

Númenor - Ancient home of the Dúnedain

The island kingdom of the Dúnedain, raised from the sea by the Valar as a gift and reward to the Men who had remained faithful through the dark years of the First Age. The Edain who had dwelt in Beleriand were led to the island in II 32 by Elros the Half-elven, who unlike his brother Elrond had chosen to be counted among Men rather than Elves.

Sea of Núrnen - Mordor’s great inland sea

The great inland sea that lay in the region of Nurn in the south of Mordor, around which the slave-farms of Sauron were built.


Narsil - The mighty Sword of Elendil

"...and the sword of Elendil filled Orcs and Men with fear, for it shone with the light of the sun and of the moon, and it was named Narsil." - Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age in The Silmarillion

The Sword of Elendil, forged by Telchar of Nogrod in or before the First Age. The sword was broken in Elendil's fall at the Siege of Barad-dûr, and its Shards became an heirloom of his heirs throughout the Third Age until it was reforged as Andúril and borne by Aragorn II Elessar in the War of the Ring.

Narya - The Ring of Fire

One of the Three Rings of the Elves, called the Red Ring and the Ring of Fire; it was originally borne by Círdan the Shipwright, but he gave it to Gandalf on his arrival in Middle-earth.

Nenya - The Ring of Water

One of the Three Rings of the Elves, called the Ring of Water and the Ring of Adamant; it was borne by Galadriel in Lórien, and used to maintain that land.

Nimloth - The White Tree of Númenor

The White Tree that grew in the King's Court of Númenor; burned at the instigation of Sauron. Isildur stole a fruit from the Tree before it was destroyed, which he later planted in the courts of Minas Tirith.

Nine Rings - Rings of Power Given by Sauron to Men

Those of the Rings of Power that Sauron used to corrupt Men to his service; those who took the Nine Rings became the Nazgûl.

Niphredil - A flower of Lórien

A pale flower that grew among the golden trees of Lórien.

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