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Nan-tathren

Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands

Region: Beleriand & North

Meaning: Grassland or Valley of Willows

Other Names Land of the Willows

Location: Along the banks where the Narog joins the Sirion River.

Description: 'Lovely to heart's enchantment is that land… There Ulmo is but the servant of Yavanna, and the earth has brought to life a wealth of fair things that is beyond the thought of hearts in the hard hills of the North. In that land Narog joins Sirion, and they haste no more, but flow broad and quiet through living meads; and all about the shining river are flaglilies like a blossoming forest, and the grass is filled with flowers, like gems, like bells, like flames of red and gold, like a waste of many-coloured stars in a firmament of green. Yet fairest of all are the willows of Nan-tathren, pale green, or silver in the wind, and the rustle of their innumerable leaves is a spell of music: day and night would flicker by uncounted, while still I stood knee-deep in grass and listened. There I was enchanted, and forgot the Sea in my heart.'
Unfinished Tales, Part 1, Ch I, Of Tuor And His Coming To Gondolin

Contributors: Lyllyn 7.10.03

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