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Lebennin

Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands

Region: Gondor

Meaning: Five Rivers

Location: A region of Gondor, south of the White Mountains, with a coast on the Bay of Belfalas. The land is bordered by the Anduin and its tributary the River Erui on the east and the River Gilrain on the west.

Description:

Map of Lebennin.
Lebennin and its environs.
Lebennin 'Five Rivers' (those being Erui, Sirith, Celos, Serni, and Gilrain), land between Ered Nimrais and Ethir Anduin....

Unfinished Tales, Index

[They]... sat upon the wall with... the Houses of Healing behind them; and away southward before them was the Anduin glittering in the sun, as it flowed away, out of the sight even of Legolas, into the wide flats and green haze of Lebennin and South Ithilien.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 9, The Last Debate

'[The] Enemy must pay dearly for the crossing of the River. That he cannot do, in force to assail the City, either north of Cair Andros because of the marshes, or southwards towards Lebennin because of the breadth of the River, that needs many boats.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

'Thus we crossed over Gilrain, driving the allies of Mordor in rout before us; and then we rested a while. But... we mounted again before night had passed and went on with all the speed that our horses could endure over the plains of Lebennin.'

Legolas paused and sighed, and turning his eyes southward softly he sang:
Silver flow the streams from Celos to Erui
In the green fields of Lebennin!
Tall grows the grass there. In the wind from the Sea
The white lilies sway,
And the golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin
In the green fields of Lebennin,
In the wind from the Sea!
'Green are those fields in the songs of my people; but they were dark then, grey wastes in the blackness before us. And over the wide land, trampling unheeded the grass and the flowers, we hunted our foes through a day and a night, until we came at the bitter end to the Great River at last.

'Then I thought in my heart that we drew near to the Sea; for wide was the water in the darkness, and sea-birds innumerable cried on its shores. Alas for the wailing of the gulls!'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 9, The Last Debate

Many roads and tracks crossed the green fields [of the Pelennor].... But most of the traffic went out along the chief highway, and that turned south, and then bending swifter than the River skirted the hills and passed soon from sight....

'That is the road to the vales of Tumladen and Lossarnach, and the mountain-villages, and then on to Lebennin,' said Beregond.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith

'[If] you would know what I think set the beacons ablaze, it was the news that came yestereve out of Lebennin. There is a great fleet drawing near to the mouths of Anduin, manned by the corsairs of Umbar.... They... make a heavy stroke in [the Enemy's] cause. For this attack will draw off much of the help that we looked to have from Lebennin and Belfalas, where folk are hardy and numerous.'

Ibid.

[The] most part of the people of Gondor lived in the seven circles of the City, or in the high vales of the mountain-borders, in Lossarnach, or further south in fair Lebennin with its five swift streams. There dwelt a hardy folk between the mountains and the sea. They were reckoned men of Gondor, yet their blood was mingled, and there were short and swarthy folk among them whose sires came more from the forgotten men who housed in the shadow of the hills in the Dark Years ere the coming of the kings.

Ibid.

There was a great battle in Lebennin at the Crossings of Erui, in which much of the best blood in Gondor was shed. Eldacar himself slew Castamir...; but Castamir's sons escaped, and... held out long at Pelargir.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

Contributors:
Lyllyn 4Jul03
Elena Tiriel 31Aug10

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