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The river Limlight was a stream rising in the eastern Misty Mountains near Treebeard's dwellings. It then ran through northern Fangorn and emptied into the Anduin.

It formed the southern boundary of the Field of Celebrant, and was claimed by Celeborn and Galadriel of Lothlórien as the southern boundary of their realm.

It was also the historic northern border of Gondor, and later of Rohan.



The first element of the name is from an alien (Elvish or Pre-Númenórean form) which was obscure in Westron. The second element refers to the clarity of its bright waters.[1]

Tolkien provided different explanations of the exact meaning and even languages used in the name, including Limlich, Limliht, Limlaith[2] and Limhîr.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Limlight River is located in the region referred to as The Great River. The river runs from east to west and contributes to Anduin. There are Rohirrim located north of the river, but most of them are petty criminals who were expelled from the lands of Rohan.

External links


  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. 773
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", note 46
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, p. 337