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Called '''[[Sîr Ninglor]]''' ('''River Goldwater''') by the [[Elves]], the Gladden was a short but important river of the [[Vales of Anduin]]. Beginning as two unnamed arms in the [[Misty Mountains|Hithaeglir]], it flowed westwards to the [[Anduin|Great River Anduin]], which it met in a series of marshes called the [[Gladden Fields]].
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The '''Gladden''' (called '''''Sîr Ninglor''''' "River Goldwater" by the [[Elves]]) was a short but important river of the [[Vales of Anduin]]. Beginning as two unnamed arms in the [[Misty Mountains|Hithaeglir]], it flowed westwards to the [[Anduin|Great River Anduin]], which it met in a series of marshes called the [[Gladden Fields]].
  
 
After the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]], [[Isildur]], heir of [[Elendil]] and bearer of [[the One Ring]], was assailed by [[Orcs]] near the Gladden Fields, and the One Ring was lost here in the Gladden river.
 
After the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]], [[Isildur]], heir of [[Elendil]] and bearer of [[the One Ring]], was assailed by [[Orcs]] near the Gladden Fields, and the One Ring was lost here in the Gladden river.
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[[Saruman]] searched the Gladden extensively during his search for the Ring, but never found the ring, although he seems to have found [[Isildur]]'s remains.
 
[[Saruman]] searched the Gladden extensively during his search for the Ring, but never found the ring, although he seems to have found [[Isildur]]'s remains.
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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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''Gladden'' (From [[Old English]] ''glædene'') 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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''Sîr Ninglor'' is a [[Sindarin]] name meaning "River Water-gold", apparently consisting of  ''[[sîr]]'' ("river"), ''nîn'' (pl. of ''[[nen]]'' ("water") + ''[[glaur]]'' ("gold").<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.tolkiendil.com/langues/english/i-lam_arth/compound_sindarin_names|articlename=Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth|dated=|website=[http://www.tolkiendil.com Tolkiendil.com]|accessed=}}</ref>
  
Tolkien suggested to translators to avoid if possible the 'learned' name iris.<ref name="Nomen"/>
 
 
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This article is about the river. For the neighbouring fields, see Gladden Fields.

The Gladden (called Sîr Ninglor "River Goldwater" by the Elves) was a short but important river of the Vales of Anduin. Beginning as two unnamed arms in the Hithaeglir, it flowed westwards to the Great River Anduin, which it met in a series of marshes called the Gladden Fields.

After the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, Isildur, heir of Elendil and bearer of the One Ring, was assailed by Orcs near the Gladden Fields, and the One Ring was lost here in the Gladden river.

Much later during the Third Age some Stoors lived near the streams of Gladden, and from them came Déagol who found the ring, was killed by Sméagol (Gollum), who long held the Ring. Gollum eventually followed the stream up to its source, ending up in forgotten caves near Goblin-town.

Saruman searched the Gladden extensively during his search for the Ring, but never found the ring, although he seems to have found Isildur's remains.

Etymology

Gladden (From Old English glædene) is another name for the "flag" or "iris", now usually spelt gladdon.[1]

Sîr Ninglor is a Sindarin name meaning "River Water-gold", apparently consisting of sîr ("river"), nîn (pl. of nen ("water") + glaur ("gold").[2]

References

  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
  2. "Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth" , Tolkiendil.com (accessed 17 September 2014)