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Ettenmoors by Rob Alexander

The Ettenmoors were a mountainous, wild, and untamed land that lay north of Rivendell. It was here that the Witch-king of Angmar fled after his defeat in the Battle of Fornost. It was the home of Trolls, and maybe some Giants and Goblins.

It is speculated that Mount Gram, from where a host of Goblins attacked the Shire, was located in the Ettenmoors.[1]


The word etten means "Giant" (from Old English eoten, Norse jotun) and is related to the word Ent. It is not known however to what the name refers to. It could be a place connected to Ents, or even the mysterious Giants seen in The Hobbit.

The element moor in this name has the northern sense of 'high barren land'.[2]

The name is similar to the land of Ettinsmoor of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Portrayal in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Ettenmoors is the region where player vs player play takes place. The land has three keeps (Lugazag, Tirith Rhaw and Tol Ascarnen), Isendeep Mine and Grimwood Lumber Camp that can be controlled by either the forces of Angmar or the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.


  1. Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth, pages 75, 80
  2. 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