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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.
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'''Dorwinion''' or '''Dor-Winion''' was a land which lay on the northwestern shores of the [[Sea of Rhûn]], surrounded by the river [[Celduin]].<ref>[[A Map of Middle-earth]]</ref> 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.
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Dorwinion is mentioned as the place where the special wine of the [[Thranduil|Elven-king]] comes from, and the crates are returned by way of the [[Forest River]] to [[Lake-town]] on [[Long Lake]].<ref>{{H|9}}</ref>
  
''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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==Etymology==
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The name is [[Sindarin]] meaning "Land of Gwinion", whereas Gwinion itself is a name of a country meaning "Young-land"; from ''[[dor]]'' and ''[[gwain]]'' plus the geographical ending ''[[-iond]]''.<ref name=PE17>{{PE|17}}, p. 54</ref>
  
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>
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[[Tolkien]] commented that the [[Elvish]] name in such a remote location is a "testimony to the spread of Sindarin".<ref>{{HM|HH}}</ref>
  
==Etymology==
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Before the publication of [[Parma Eldalamberon 17]], it had been suggested by [[Tolkienist]]s that the name may come from an [[Avarin]] or [[Nandorin]] tongue. [[Didier Willis]] speculated that the element ''-Winion'' apparently meant "wine", without any probable origin in any known etymology;<ref>[[Didier Willis]], [http://www.jrrvf.com/hisweloke/site3/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=36 Dorwinion, pays de cépages]</ref> thus pointing to an obscure origin.
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>
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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. The element ''-Winion'' was understood as apparently meaning "wine", without any probable origin in any known etymology; thus pointing to an obscure (like Avarin) origin.
 
 
==Other versions==
 
==Other versions==
Tolkien in several unpublished texts 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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''Dor'''v'''inion'' or ''Dor-Winion'' is mentioned in the ''[[The Lay of the Children of Húrin]]''; its wine was famous among the [[Dwarves of Nogrod]] and [[Menegroth]]. It is said there to lie in the "Burning south" (of [[Beleriand]])<ref>{{LB|1b}} lines 223, 425</ref>, 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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While writing the [[Quenta Silmarillion]], Tolkien once mentioned Dorwinion as a location of [[Tol Eressea]].<ref>{{LR|Quenta}}, p. 338</ref> Tolkien reused the name and the wines in ''[[The Hobbit]]'', establishing thus that it is somewhere in or near the [[Wilderland]].
  
 
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Dorwinion
Physical Description
TypeRegion
LocationOn the northwest side of the Sea of Rhûn
Inhabitantspossibly Elves
DescriptionA land of vineyards
General Information
EtymologySee below

Dorwinion or Dor-Winion was a land which lay on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Rhûn, surrounded by the river Celduin.[1] In Dorwinion was made a heady wine, which was strong enough to let even Elves get drunk and fall asleep.

Dorwinion is mentioned as the place where the special wine of the Elven-king comes from, and the crates are returned by way of the Forest River to Lake-town on Long Lake.[2]

Etymology

The name is Sindarin meaning "Land of Gwinion", whereas Gwinion itself is a name of a country meaning "Young-land"; from dor and gwain plus the geographical ending -iond.[3]

Tolkien commented that the Elvish name in such a remote location is a "testimony to the spread of Sindarin".[4]

Before the publication of Parma Eldalamberon 17, it had been suggested by Tolkienists that the name may come from an Avarin or Nandorin tongue. Didier Willis speculated that the element -Winion apparently meant "wine", without any probable origin in any known etymology;[5] thus pointing to an obscure origin.

Other versions

Dorvinion or Dor-Winion is mentioned in the The Lay of the Children of Húrin; its wine was famous among the Dwarves of Nogrod and Menegroth. It is said there to lie in the "Burning south" (of Beleriand)[6], 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.

While writing the Quenta Silmarillion, Tolkien once mentioned Dorwinion as a location of Tol Eressea.[7] Tolkien reused the name and the wines in The Hobbit, establishing thus that it is somewhere in or near the Wilderland.

References

  1. A Map of Middle-earth
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 54
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit
  5. Didier Willis, Dorwinion, pays de cépages
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin: I. Túrin's Fostering" lines 223, 425
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, VI. Quenta Silmarillion", p. 338