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Eregion
EtymologyLand of Holly
GovernmentLordship
Head of StateCeleborn and Galadriel, Celebrimbor
Societal information
CapitalOst-in-Edhil
LanguageSindarin
LocationWest of the Misty Mountains, near the Gates of Moria
PopulaceMostly Noldorin Elves
Historical information
Formed fromThe friendship of the Noldor and the Dwarves of Moria
EstablishmentS.A. 700
DissolutionS.A. 1697

Eregion (S, pron. [eˈreɡjon]) or Hollin was a sub-realm of the Noldorin Elves in Eriador during the Second Age, located near the Walls of Moria under the shadow of the Hithaeglir (Misty Mountains). Its capital was Ost-in-Edhil.

The Elves of Eregion lived in harmony with a Dwarven civilization, trading freely with the their kingdom of Khazad-dûm, or Hadhodrond in the Elven tongue. A high road ran from Ost-in-Edhil to Khazad-dûm, and an unprecedented friendship between the two races began in that time. Eregion's jewel smiths achieved the highest levels of craftsmanship since Fëanor. [1]

Eregion was populated by Noldor, and for a while ruled by Galadriel and Celeborn, until they left for Lothlórien on the other side of the Misty Mountains. It was then ruled by Celebrimbor, a descendant of Fëanor. Under his rule the Elves of Eregion became friends with Annatar, Lord of Gifts, and created the Rings of Power. When Annatar was revealed as the Dark Lord Sauron the Elves of Eregion tried to keep the Rings from falling into Sauron's hands, but only managed to rescue Vilya, Narya, and Nenya (the Three Rings of the Elves). Sauron returned to Hollin with a vengeance in 1697, and despite the assistance of the Dwarves, he utterly destroyed it, the survivors fleeing to Lindon, Lothlórien, and the refuge of Imladris (Rivendell). The doors of Moria were shut and sealed, and Celebrimbor was slain.

In the Third Age, Eregion was a pleasant but unpopulated land.

[edit] Etymology

The name Eregion is Sindarin for "Land of Holly"[2] (the word ereg means "holly").[3]

Hollin (from hollin-land) is an old form, still used locally, of "holly"; the region abounded in holly-trees.[4]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", ereg
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 772