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'''Dorwinion''' or '''Dor-Winion''', the "Land of Wines", is a land which lay on the northwestern shores of the [[Sea of Rhûn]].
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'''Dorwinion''' or '''Dor-Winion''', the "Land of Wines", is a land which lay on the northwestern shores of the [[Sea of Rhûn]]. In Dorwinion was made a heady wine, which was strong enough to let even [[Elves]] get drunk and fall asleep.
  
Dorwinion was drawn at Tolkien's advice on [[Pauline Baynes]]' map of Middle-earth as lying at the end of the rivers [[Redwater]] and [[Running]], and in that position it has since appeared on other maps.
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Nothing is known about the realm or its inhabitants, were they Elves or Men. Dorwinion may have been the only [[Avari]] realm close to the [[Westlands]] of [[Middle-earth]]. It was already well established while the [[Atanatári]] were still young.
  
Dorwinion is mentioned in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' as the place where the special wine of the [[Thranduil|Elvenking]] comes from, and the crates are returned by way of the [[Forest River]] to [[Lake-town]] on [[Long Lake]].
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''Dor'''v'''inion'' is mentioned by in the ''[[Narn i Chîn Húrin]]'', where it was drunk in [[Thingol]]'s halls of [[Menegroth]]. It is said there to lie in the "Burning south", which might suggest it was a different "Dorwinion", or may just have referred to the fact it came from the more southern lands of [[Rhovanion (region)|Rhovanion]] by way of the [[Dwarf-road of Beleriand]].
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It is also mentioned in the ''[[Narn i Chîn Húrin]]'', where it was drunk in [[Thingol]]'s halls of [[Menegroth]]. It is said there to lie in the "Burning south", which might suggest it was a different "Dorwinion", or may just have referred to the fact it came from the more southern lands of [[Rhovanion (region)|Rhovanion]] by way of the [[Dwarf-road of Beleriand]].
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Dorwinion is mentioned as the place where the special wine of the [[Thranduil|Elvenking]] comes from, and the crates are returned by way of the [[Forest River]] to [[Lake-town]] on [[Long Lake]].<ref>{{H|9}}</ref>
  
In Dorwinion was made a heady wine, which was strong enough to let even [[Elves]] get drunk and fall asleep.
 
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
The name is [[Sindarin]] meaning "Young-land country" from ''[[dor]]'' and ''[[gwain]]'' plus the geographical ending ''[[-iond]]''.<ref>[[John Rateliff]], ''[[The History of the Hobbit]]''</ref>
 
The name is [[Sindarin]] meaning "Young-land country" from ''[[dor]]'' and ''[[gwain]]'' plus the geographical ending ''[[-iond]]''.<ref>[[John Rateliff]], ''[[The History of the Hobbit]]''</ref>
  
It has been suggested by [[Tolkienist]]s that the name may not have been Sindarin at all, but come from an [[Avari]] or [[Nandor|Nandorin]] tongue. If that is the case Dorwinion may have been the only Avari realm close to those areas of Middle-earth that Tolkien's stories take place. Certainly the element ''Winion'', apparently meaning "wine", has no probable origin in any known etymology. Support for the Elven origin of Dorwinion is that its population must have been Elvish, since it was already well established while the [[Atanatári]] were still young.
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It has been suggested by [[Tolkienist]]s that the name may not have been Sindarin at all, but come from an [[Avari]] or [[Nandorin]] tongue.  
 
==Other versions==
 
==Other versions==
 
Tolkien in several unpublished text mentions Dorwinion mainly to the [[South]]. The canonical location was decided at random by [[Pauline Baynes]] while drawing her map of [[Middle-earth]]. Tolkien was surprised but agreed.<ref>{{HM|LB}}, "[[The Lay of the Children of Húrin]]"</ref>}}
 
Tolkien in several unpublished text mentions Dorwinion mainly to the [[South]]. The canonical location was decided at random by [[Pauline Baynes]] while drawing her map of [[Middle-earth]]. Tolkien was surprised but agreed.<ref>{{HM|LB}}, "[[The Lay of the Children of Húrin]]"</ref>}}
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Certainly the element ''-Winion'', apparently meaning "wine", has no probable origin in any known etymology pointing to an obscure (like Avarin) origin.
 
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Dorwinion or Dor-Winion, the "Land of Wines", is a land which lay on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Rhûn. In Dorwinion was made a heady wine, which was strong enough to let even Elves get drunk and fall asleep.

Nothing is known about the realm or its inhabitants, were they Elves or Men. Dorwinion may have been the only Avari realm close to the Westlands of Middle-earth. It was already well established while the Atanatári were still young.

Dorvinion is mentioned by in the Narn i Chîn Húrin, where it was drunk in Thingol's halls of Menegroth. It is said there to lie in the "Burning south", which might suggest it was a different "Dorwinion", or may just have referred to the fact it came from the more southern lands of Rhovanion by way of the Dwarf-road of Beleriand.

Dorwinion is mentioned as the place where the special wine of the Elvenking comes from, and the crates are returned by way of the Forest River to Lake-town on Long Lake.[1]

Etymology

The name is Sindarin meaning "Young-land country" from dor and gwain plus the geographical ending -iond.[2]

It has been suggested by Tolkienists that the name may not have been Sindarin at all, but come from an Avari or Nandorin tongue.

Other versions

Tolkien in several unpublished text mentions Dorwinion mainly to the South. The canonical location was decided at random by Pauline Baynes while drawing her map of Middle-earth. Tolkien was surprised but agreed.[3]}}

Certainly the element -Winion, apparently meaning "wine", has no probable origin in any known etymology pointing to an obscure (like Avarin) origin.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  2. John Rateliff, The History of the Hobbit
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "The Lay of the Children of Húrin"