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


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]


  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"