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'''Bruinen''' or '''Loudwater''' is a river which appears in [[The Hobbit]] as well as [[The Lord of the Rings]].
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'''Bruinen''' or '''Loudwater''' was a river in eastern [[Eriador]].  It began with two tributaries flowing from the western slopes of the [[Misty Mountains]], one of which came from the [[High Pass]] where [[Goblin-town]] existed.  The Bruinen terminated when it joined the [[Mitheithel]] River.  The southern arm of the Bruinen flowed through the deep valley where [[Elrond]] founded the refuge of [[Rivendell]]. The Bruinen had only one known ford, the [[Ford of Bruinen|Ford]] near Rivendell.<ref>{{FR|Map}}</ref>
  
The Bruinen began with two tributaries in the [[Misty Mountains]], one of them was began at the High Pass where [[Goblin]]-town was later dug.
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The river formed the eastern border of the Kingdom of [[Arnor]] and later the petty-realm of [[Rhudaur]].  It also formed the northern border of [[Eregion]].<ref>{{App|Eriador}}</ref>
  
The river formed the southern border of the Kingdom of [[Arnor]] and later the petty-realm of [[Rhudaur]], south of it lay [[Eregion]] or ''Hollin''.
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==History==
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When [[Thorin]] and company went to reclaim [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]], they crossed the Bruinen after their adventure with the [[Trolls]], before they long paused at Rivendell.<ref>{{H|Rest}}</ref>
  
The southern arm of the Bruinen flowed through the deep valley where [[Elrond]] founded the refuge of ''Imladris'' or [[Rivendell]]. Elrond had some control over the river.
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At the beginning of the [[War of the Ring]] [[Frodo Baggins]] was carried on [[Glorfindel]]'s horse towards the Ford of Bruinen, with the [[Nazgûl|Ringwraiths]] in hot pursuit. At the Ford Frodo, poisoned by a deadly wound, made his stand, and defied the [[Witch-king|Lord of the Nazgûl]]. This lured the Ringwraiths into the Bruinen, and Elrond and [[Gandalf]] released a great flood, which took the form of horses made out of water due to Gandalf's magic. This flood killed the horses of the Ringwraiths and their physical forms, buying the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] some time.<ref>{{FR|I12}}</ref>
  
The Bruinen had only one point where it could be passed, a Ford near Rivendell. This Ford and by extension the river were called the ''Edge of the Wild''.
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==Etymology==
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Like most rivers in Eriador, the '''Bruinen''' had a Westron name, which Tolkien translated as '''Loudwater'''. [[Patrick H. Wynne]] linked the first element ''brui'' "noisy" to the second element of the word ''[[Ulumúri]]'', and several other [[Qenya]] and [[Gnomish|Goldogrin]] words with some connection to "great sound". The second element is ''[[nen]]'', "water".<ref>[http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/lambengolmor/message/895 Editorial to Lambengolmor message 895]</ref>
  
When [[Thorin Oakenshield]] and company went to reclaim [[Erebor]], they passed the Bruinen after their adventure with the [[Trolls (Middle-earth)|Troll]]s, before they long paused at Rivendell.
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At the beginning of the [[War of the Ring]] [[Frodo Baggins]] was raced on [[Glorfindel]]'s horse towards the Ford of Bruinen, with the [[Ringwraiths]] in hot pursuit. At the Ford Frodo, poisoned by a deadly wound, made his stand, and defied the [[Witch-king of Angmar]]. This lured the Ringwraiths into the Bruinen, and Elrond and [[Gandalf]] the Grey released a great flood, which took the form of horses made out of water due to Gandalf's magic. This flood killed the horses of the Ringwraiths and their physical forms, buying the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] some time.
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Latest revision as of 16:35, 16 June 2012

Bruinen or Loudwater was a river in eastern Eriador. It began with two tributaries flowing from the western slopes of the Misty Mountains, one of which came from the High Pass where Goblin-town existed. The Bruinen terminated when it joined the Mitheithel River. The southern arm of the Bruinen flowed through the deep valley where Elrond founded the refuge of Rivendell. The Bruinen had only one known ford, the Ford near Rivendell.[1]

The river formed the eastern border of the Kingdom of Arnor and later the petty-realm of Rhudaur. It also formed the northern border of Eregion.[2]

[edit] History

When Thorin and company went to reclaim Erebor, they crossed the Bruinen after their adventure with the Trolls, before they long paused at Rivendell.[3]

At the beginning of the War of the Ring Frodo Baggins was carried on Glorfindel's horse towards the Ford of Bruinen, with the Ringwraiths in hot pursuit. At the Ford Frodo, poisoned by a deadly wound, made his stand, and defied the Lord of the Nazgûl. This lured the Ringwraiths into the Bruinen, and Elrond and Gandalf released a great flood, which took the form of horses made out of water due to Gandalf's magic. This flood killed the horses of the Ringwraiths and their physical forms, buying the Fellowship of the Ring some time.[4]

[edit] Etymology

Like most rivers in Eriador, the Bruinen had a Westron name, which Tolkien translated as Loudwater. Patrick H. Wynne linked the first element brui "noisy" to the second element of the word Ulumúri, and several other Qenya and Goldogrin words with some connection to "great sound". The second element is nen, "water".[5]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Short Rest"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"
  5. Editorial to Lambengolmor message 895