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Parth Galen

Type: Forests, Fields, Plains

Region: Gondor

Meaning: Green Sward

Location: A grassy field on the western shore of Nen Hithoel, at the feet of Amon Hen, near the falls of Rauros.

Description:
Parth Galen 'Green Sward', a grassy place on the northern slopes of Amon Hen by the shore of Nen Hithoel.

Unfinished Tales, Index

Aragorn led them to the right arm of the River. Here upon its western side under the shadow of Tol Brandir a green lawn ran down to the water from the feet of Amon Hen. Behind it rose the first gentle slopes of the hill clad with trees, and trees marched away westward along the curving shores of the lake. A little spring fell tumbling down and fed the grass.

'Here we will rest tonight,' said Aragorn. 'This is the lawn of Parth Galen: a fair place in the summer days of old. Let us hope that no evil has yet come here.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 10, The Breaking of the Fellowship

Etymology

calen (galen) the usual Sindarin word for 'green', in Ard-galen, Tol Galen, Calenardhon; also in Parth Galen ('Green Sward') beside Anduin and Pinnath Gelin ('Green Ridges') in Gondor. See kal-. ...

kal- (gal-) This root, meaning 'shine', appears in Calacirya, Calaquendi, Tar-Calion; galvorn, Gil-galad, Galadriel. ... calen (galen) 'green' is etymologically 'bright', and derives from this root....

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 22Dec04, 5Jan05

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