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Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands

Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns

Other Names

Location: The wide region east of the Misty Mountains.


Wilderland, by JRR Tolkien.
Isildur and Anárion were borne away southwards, and at the last they brought their ships up the Great River Anduin, that flows out of Rhovanion into the western sea in the Bay of Belfalas; and they established a realm in those lands that were after called Gondor....

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

At the Ford of Bruinen they left the Road and turning southwards went on by narrow paths.... Their purpose was to hold this course west of the Mountains for many miles and days. The country was much rougher... than in the green vale of the Great River in Wilderland on the other side of the range....

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 3, The Ring Goes South

... Glóin had much to tell of events in the northern regions of Wilderland. Frodo learned that Grimbeorn the Old... was now the lord of many sturdy men, and to their land between the Mountains and Mirkwood neither orc nor wolf dared to go.

'lndeed,' said Glóin, 'if it were not for the Beornings, the passage from Dale to Rivendell would long ago have become impossible. They are valiant men and keep open the High Pass and the Ford of Carrock. 1'.... Nowhere are there any men so friendly to us as the Men of Dale.... The grandson of Bard the Bowman rules them... and his realm now reaches far south and east of Esgaroth.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 1, Many Meetings

Then Gandalf told how they had explored the whole length of Wilderland [searching for Gollum], down even to the Mountains of Shadow and the fences of Mordor.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond

The next day the country on either side began to change rapidly. The banks began to rise and grow stony. Soon they were passing through a hilly rocky land, and on both shores there were steep slopes buried in deep brakes of thorn and sloe, tangled with brambles and creepers. Behind them stood low crumbling cliffs, and chimneys of grey weathered stone dark with ivy; and beyond these again there rose high ridges crowned with wind-writhen firs. They were drawing near to the grey hill-country of the Emyn Muil, the southern march of Wilderland.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 9, The Great River

1Ford of Carrock: Ford over Anduin between the Carrock and the east bank of the river; but probably here referring to the Old Ford, where the Old Forest Road crossed Anduin, south of the Ford of Carrock.

Unfinished Tales, Index

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 6Dec04, 1Oct11

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