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Ethir Anduin
Physical Description
LocationSouth-west Middle-earth
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsNandor, later Men
Descriptionwide delta
General Information
Other namesMouths of Anduin
EventsWar of the Ring

The Ethir Anduin, also known as the Mouths of Anduin and Anduin's Mouths[1], was the delta of the river Anduin, south of Pelargir in Gondor.



The delta's first settlers were probably Nandor. Some of the Nandor who had lived upstream, in the Vales of Anduin under the Misty Mountains, passed to its Mouths southward.[2] After they were gone, the "lesser men" settled there,[3] though the were likely in conflict with Haradrim. After the coming of the Númenóreans, the confluence of cultures in the Ethir and Pelargir formed one of the earliest forms of Westron.[4]

The delta was populated mostly by fishermen and other sea-crafty folk,[5] and became an important part of Gondor in the days of Tarannon, the first Ship-king.[3]

During the War of the Ring, some hundred fishermen that could be spared from the boats were sent to the defense of Minas Tirith.[6] This left the Mouths themselves open to Umbarian conquest,[7] but the occupation did not last very long; Aragorn and the Grey Company liberated it several days later.[5]


The Ethir Anduin was also known as the "Mouths of Anduin". Ethir is a Sindarin word meaning "Mouth of a river".[8] Anduin simply means "Long river".[9]

Portrayal in adaptations

1980: Rankin/Bass' The Return of the King:

Gandalf mentions the Ethir (wrongly pronounced Ee-thur) as he explains the coming of the Black ships to the audience.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix A: The Silvan Elves and Their Speech"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "I The Númenórean Kings"; "(iv) Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "Of Men"
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies", entry ED
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entries and and duin