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Lone-lands

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The '''Lone-lands''' was the name among [[Men]] and [[Hobbits]] for the wide region of northern [[Middle-earth]] that lay between the [[Blue Mountains]] in the west and the [[Misty Mountains]] in the east. They are more commonly known by their [[Elvish]] name, [[Eriador]].
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The '''Lone-lands''' was an area in [[Eriador]], or may even have been synonymous with it.
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==History==
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Lone-lands was a name used by [[Hobbits]] (and possibly Men of [[Bree]]) for the wilderness west of Bree. Roads were considerably worse there than in the [[Shire]], and no-one dwelt there anymore by the end of the [[Third Age]]. There were many abandoned castles in the hilly region, which gave it a wicked look.<ref name="Mutton">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Hobbit]]'', "[[Roast Mutton]]", second edition</ref>
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==Lone-lands and Eriador==
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It is a subject of some debate whether the Lone-lands and Eriador are one and the same. Etymologies given for ''Eriador'' certainly suggest such a thing<ref name="vt42">Fredrik Ström, [[Carl F. Hostetter]] (ed.), "Letters to VT", ''[[Vinyar Tengwar]]'', [[Vinyar Tengwar 42|vol. 42]], July [[2001]], p. 4</ref><ref name="pe17">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], "Words, Phrases and Passages in The Lord of the Rings" in [[Parma Eldalamberon]] (ed. Christopher Gilson), [[Parma Eldalamberon 17|vol. 17]], July [[2007]], p. 28</ref>, and the references to the Lone-lands were added in the second edition,<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Douglas Anderson]] (ed.), ''[[The Annotated Hobbit]]'', page 323, note 4</ref> after the name Eriador was introduced in ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[Strider (chapter)|Strider]]"</ref> The latter was spoken by [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], and the former by [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]], so it is not inconceivable that they refer to the same land.<ref name="vt42"/>
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==References==
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Revision as of 17:10, 2 November 2008

The Lone-lands was an area in Eriador, or may even have been synonymous with it.

History

Lone-lands was a name used by Hobbits (and possibly Men of Bree) for the wilderness west of Bree. Roads were considerably worse there than in the Shire, and no-one dwelt there anymore by the end of the Third Age. There were many abandoned castles in the hilly region, which gave it a wicked look.[1]

Lone-lands and Eriador

It is a subject of some debate whether the Lone-lands and Eriador are one and the same. Etymologies given for Eriador certainly suggest such a thing[2][3], and the references to the Lone-lands were added in the second edition,[4] after the name Eriador was introduced in The Fellowship of the Ring.[5] The latter was spoken by Aragorn, and the former by Bilbo, so it is not inconceivable that they refer to the same land.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton", second edition
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fredrik Ström, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), "Letters to VT", Vinyar Tengwar, vol. 42, July 2001, p. 4
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in The Lord of the Rings" in Parma Eldalamberon (ed. Christopher Gilson), vol. 17, July 2007, p. 28
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas Anderson (ed.), The Annotated Hobbit, page 323, note 4
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"