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Eastemnet

Type: Forests, Fields, Plains

Region: Rohan

Meaning: eastern plain

Location: The plains of Rohan east of the river Entwash; contains the Wold in the north; borders the Emyn Muil on the east.

Description:
[Note: the location of the Eastemnet was derived from the following source, then confirmed by the quote below (describing the Westemnet):

The Atlas of Middle-earth, Revised Edition, by Karen Wynn Fonstad, Section 4, Regional Maps: The White Mountains]

... a little while [after leaving Fangorn] he turned suddenly, and choosing a place where the banks were lower, he waded the [Entwash], and then led them away due south ...

'He is steering a straight course now for [Edoras]' said Gandalf. 'It will be quicker so. The ground is firmer in the Eastemnet, where the chief northward track lies, across the river, but Shadowfax knows the way through every fen and hollow.'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider

At the bottom they came with a strange suddenness on the grass of Rohan. It swelled like a green sea up to the very foot of the Emyn Muil. The falling stream vanished into a deep growth of cresses and water-plants, and they could hear it tinkling away in green tunnels, down long gentle slopes towards the fens of Entwash Vale far away. They seemed to have left winter clinging to the hills behind. Here the air was softer and warmer, and faintly scented, as if spring was already stirring and the sap was flowing again in herb and leaf.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 2, The Riders of Rohan

All day the track of their enemies led straight on, going north-west without a break or turn. As once again the day wore to its end they came to long treeless slopes, where the land rose, swelling up towards a line of low humpbacked downs ahead. The orc-trail grew fainter as it bent north towards them, for the ground became harder and the grass shorter. Far away to the left the river Entwash wound, a silver thread in a green floor. No moving thing could be seen. Often Aragorn wondered that they saw no sign of beast or man. The dwellings of the Rohirrim were for the most part many leagues away to the South, under the wooded eaves of the White Mountains, now hidden in mist and cloud; yet the Horse-lords had formerly kept many herds and studs in the Eastemnet, this easterly region of their realm, and there the herdsmen had wandered much, living in camp and tent, even in winter-time. But now all the land was empty, and there was silence that did not seem to be the quiet of peace.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 2, The Riders of Rohan

Etymology

Wold A region of Rohan, the northern part of the Eastemnet (Anglo-Saxon emnet 'plain').

Unfinished Tales, Index

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 22Dec04, 28Dec04, 19Jan05

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