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[[Image:Anke Eissmann - The Gladden Fields.jpg|thumb|350px|''The Gladden Fields'' by [[Anke Eißmann]]]]
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The '''Gladden Fields''' ([[Sindarin]] '''Loeg Ningloron''') are located in the vale of the [[Gladden]] river, a tributary of the [[Anduin]].
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The '''Gladden Fields''' ([[Sindarin]] '''Loeg Ningloron''') was, at the end of the [[Third Age]], a large marsh on the west side of the [[Anduin]] that extended along either side of its tributary, the [[Gladden River]].<ref>{{UT|Map}}</ref>  It was a wilderness of islets, filled with reeds, rushes, and vast clumps of yellow irises grown taller than a man.<ref name="Note 13">{{UT|Gladden}}, note 13</ref>
  
North and south of the Gladden Fiels the current of the Anduin is very strong, but were the Gladden flows into the Great River, the current reduces and thus the boggy area of the Gladden Fiels is created.  
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==History==
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In the [[First Age]] when the [[Silvan Elves]] first entered the [[Vales of Anduin]], they found a lake in the deep depression where the Anduin and Gladden met.  Although wider to the west, the lake probably did reach the sloping edge of [[Mirkwood|Greenwood the Great]] .  After many years the lake filled with sediment and became a marsh.<ref name="Note 13"/>
  
Near this place, at an slope east of the Anduin, [[Isildur]] and his sons were ambushed by [[Orcs]] when they marched back towards [[Arnor]]. Isildur's sons were killed in that battle, whilst he himself attempted to escape using the power of invisibility of the [[One Ring]]. He ran towards the Anduin and tried to cross it. Due to the current he reached the western bank near the river Gladden. But the Ring had slipped from Isildur's finger and when he stood up he was seen by Orcs, who laid there to kill any survivors of the ambush, and was killed by their arrows.
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In {{TA|2}}<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> near this place, on a slope east of the Anduin, [[Isildur]] and his three oldest sons were ambushed by [[Orcs]] when they marched back towards [[Arnor]]. Isildur's sons were killed in that battle, while he attempted to escape using the power of invisibility of [[the One Ring]]. He ran to the Anduin and tried to cross it. Due to the current he was swept downstream until he reached the western bank near the inflow of the river Gladden. But the Ring had slipped from Isildur's finger and when he stood up he was seen by Orcs, who laid there to kill any survivors of the ambush, and was slain by their arrows.<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}</ref>
  
It was here, twenty-five centuries after the ambush, that the [[hobbit]] [[Déagol]] retrieved the One Ring from the Gladden and he was killed by his cousin Sméagol, who became the evil creature called [[Gollum]].
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During the reign of King [[Calimehtar (King of Gondor)|Calimehtar]] of [[Gondor]] (who died in {{TA|1936|n}}) the [[Éothéod]] were a small people living in the Vale of Anduin; their southern boundary was the Gladden Fields.<ref>{{UT|Cirion}}, (i) ''The Northmen and the Wainriders''</ref>
  
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It was here, about {{TA|2463|n}}, that the [[Hobbits|hobbit]] [[Déagol]] retrieved the One Ring from the Gladden and he was killed by his cousin Sméagol, who became the evil creature called [[Gollum]].<ref name="TA"/>
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[[Borondir]], the messenger of Gondor sent by the Steward [[Cirion]] in {{TA|2510|n}}<ref name="TA"/> to seek aid from the Éothéod (who by then had migrated farther up the Anduin valley), was pursued as he rode north as far as the Gladden Fields.<ref>{{UT|Cirion}}, (ii) ''The Ride of Eorl''</ref>
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In {{TA|2851}}, after a meeting of the [[White Council]], [[Saruman]] began searching near the Gladden Fields for the One Ring.<ref name="TA"/>  He became alarmed to discover that [[Sauron]]'s servants were also searching the region.<ref>{{S|Rings}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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From [[Old English]] ''glaedene'', "gladden" is another name for the "flag" or "[[wikipedia:Iris (plant)|iris]]", now usually spelt ''gladdon''.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 771</ref>
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Tolkien suggested to translators to avoid if possible the 'learned' name iris.<ref name="Nomen"/>
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Revision as of 13:09, 7 April 2013

This article is about the fields. For the neighbouring river, see Gladden River.
Anke Eißmann - The Gladden Fields.jpg
Gladden Fields
Physical Description
TypeMarsh
LocationIn the Vales of Anduin at the confluence of the Anduin and the Gladden rivers
General Information
Other names(Sindarin) Loeg Ningloron
EventsDisaster of the Gladden Fields

The Gladden Fields (Sindarin Loeg Ningloron) was, at the end of the Third Age, a large marsh on the west side of the Anduin that extended along either side of its tributary, the Gladden River.[1] It was a wilderness of islets, filled with reeds, rushes, and vast clumps of yellow irises grown taller than a man.[2]

History

In the First Age when the Silvan Elves first entered the Vales of Anduin, they found a lake in the deep depression where the Anduin and Gladden met. Although wider to the west, the lake probably did reach the sloping edge of Greenwood the Great . After many years the lake filled with sediment and became a marsh.[2]

In T.A. 2[3] near this place, on a slope east of the Anduin, Isildur and his three oldest sons were ambushed by Orcs when they marched back towards Arnor. Isildur's sons were killed in that battle, while he attempted to escape using the power of invisibility of the One Ring. He ran to the Anduin and tried to cross it. Due to the current he was swept downstream until he reached the western bank near the inflow of the river Gladden. But the Ring had slipped from Isildur's finger and when he stood up he was seen by Orcs, who laid there to kill any survivors of the ambush, and was slain by their arrows.[4]

During the reign of King Calimehtar of Gondor (who died in 1936) the Éothéod were a small people living in the Vale of Anduin; their southern boundary was the Gladden Fields.[5]

It was here, about 2463, that the hobbit Déagol retrieved the One Ring from the Gladden and he was killed by his cousin Sméagol, who became the evil creature called Gollum.[3]

Borondir, the messenger of Gondor sent by the Steward Cirion in 2510[3] to seek aid from the Éothéod (who by then had migrated farther up the Anduin valley), was pursued as he rode north as far as the Gladden Fields.[6]

In T.A. 2851, after a meeting of the White Council, Saruman began searching near the Gladden Fields for the One Ring.[3] He became alarmed to discover that Sauron's servants were also searching the region.[7]

Etymology

From Old English glaedene, "gladden" is another name for the "flag" or "iris", now usually spelt gladdon.[8]

Tolkien suggested to translators to avoid if possible the 'learned' name iris.[8]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 13
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", (i) The Northmen and the Wainriders
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", (ii) The Ride of Eorl
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  8. 8.0 8.1 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. 771