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Physical Description
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]


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.


  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