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Erui

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Erui
Physical Description
TypeRiver
LocationGondor
RealmsGondor, Reunited Kingdom

Erui was a river in Gondor. This swift-flowing[1] river began near Mindolluin in the White Mountains, flowing south through the province of Lossarnach, where it met the Anduin about 75 miles south of Minas Tirith.[2] Of old, it was part of the border between Anórien and Lebennin.[3]

The main road from Minas Tirith to Pelargir crossed the Erui at the Crossings of Erui.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Erui is a variant of ereb, which means "single, alone", but with the adjectival ending -ui. It was so named because it was the shortest river, and the only one without a tributary.[1]

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

In the "working map" that J.R.R. Tolkien used while writing The Lord of the Rings this river had the name Ereg.[4]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 509
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "The Second Map", West, p. 434