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Lindon
GovernmentMonarchy
Head of StateGil-galad
Societal information
LanguageSindarin
LocationWest of the Ered Luin
PopulaceMostly High Elves
Historical information
Formed fromThe lingering of some of the Noldor and Sindar in Middle-earth
EstablishmentS.A. 1

Lindon was an Elvish realm west of the Ered Luin (Blue Mountains). During the Second and Third Ages, Lindon was the westernmost land of the continent of Middle-earth. The Gulf of Lune divided the realm into Forlindon (North Lindon) and Harlindon (South Lindon).

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History

Ossiriand

In the Elder Days, the Sindar named the region

Lindon was the last mainland remnant of Beleriand left after the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age, the rest of the land having been broken or submerged by the tumults. While not exactly clear, there are indications that before the Downfall of Númenor Lindon was larger than it was during the Third Age.

The Second Age: Kingdom of Gil-galad

Many of the Elves of Beleriand relocated to Lindon at the beginning of the Second Age, where they were ruled by Gil-galad. The Noldor mainly dwelt in Forlindon, and the Sindar (and surviving Laiquendi) in Harlindon. Together, they built Mithlond (the Grey Havens) on the Gulf, and many Elves left from there to Valinor. Lindon was one of the two Noldorin Kingdoms during the Second Age (the other being Eregion or Hollin), until Gil-galad was killed by Sauron during the War of the Last Alliance.

The Third Age: Rule of Círdan

After that, most of the Ñoldor finally departed for Valinor, and Lindon became depopulated, now ruled by Gil-galad's lieutenant, the Sindarin elf Círdan the Shipwright, who kept building ships for the departing Elves.

In the literature, Lindon itself appears mostly as a place where reluctant Elves tarried before departing forever from Middle-earth.

Geography

Names and Etymology

Lindon as a name survived from the First Age, when it was a name given by the Noldor to Ossiriand after this land was settled by the Laiquendi or Green Elves.[1][2] Lindon meant "Land of the singers", after the old name Lindar (singers) for the Teleri.


(Q, pron. [ˈlindon]) or Lindónë (pron. [linˈdoːne]).

Land of the Singers

Portrayals in Adaptations

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
Remnants of Drowned Beleriand
 Isles:  Himring · Tol Fuin · Tol Morwen
Mainland:  Lindon · Iron Mountains