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The '''Long Marshes''' were a region of marshes and pools dotted with isles that flanked both sides of the [[Forest River]].  They extended from the eastern edge of [[Mirkwood]] nearly to the shores of the [[Long Lake]].<ref name="welcome">{{H|Welcome}}</ref>
 
The '''Long Marshes''' were a region of marshes and pools dotted with isles that flanked both sides of the [[Forest River]].  They extended from the eastern edge of [[Mirkwood]] nearly to the shores of the [[Long Lake]].<ref name="welcome">{{H|Welcome}}</ref>
  
When [[Gandalf]] left [[Thorin]] and company at the [[Forest Gate]] on the western side of Mirkwood, he told them to stick to the forest-track and that with tremendous luck they might come out one day and see the Long Marshes lying below them.<ref>{{H|Queer}}</ref>  At that time he did not expect the Long Marshes to present any great hazard to the party.  However, as the story explained, the lands had changed much in recent years since the last news that Gandalf had had of them.  There had been great floods, rains, and an earthquake or two, causing the marshes and bogs to spread widely of either side of the river, resulting in the vanishing of paths along with many riders and wanderers. While the Forest River did break into hundreds of winding courses when it first encountered the Long Marshes, the main river still flowed strongly through the midst and offered the only safe way.  When Gandalf learned of these conditions he was in great anxiety to finish his other business (dealing with the [[Necromancer]]) and to find Thorin's company.<ref name="welcome"/>
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By {{TA|2941}} there had been great floods, rains, and a couple of earthquakes, causing the marshes and bogs to spread widely of either side of the river, erasing the paths (along with many riders and wanderers). The Forest River broke into hundreds of winding courses when it first encountered the Long Marshes, and still flowed strongly through the midst and offered the only safe way.<ref name="welcome"/>
  
It is not know if the Long Marshes were named for their length along the Forest River or for their proximity to the Long Lake.
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[[Gandalf]], who didn't know of the recent developments, when he left [[Thorin and Company]] at the [[Forest Gate]], told them to stick to the forest-track until they see the Long Marshes lying below them.<ref>{{H|Queer}}</ref> But when Gandalf learned of the hazards that befell them, he was in great anxiety to finish his other business in [[Dol Guldur]] and to find Thorin.<ref name="welcome"/>
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In plot notes that [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] made while writing the story, the raftsmen told tales of disappearing rafts, men, and beasts;<ref>{{HH|PNB}}, p. 362</ref> [[John D. Rateliff]] suggests that the more ominous line in the notes may indicate that Tolkien had some unpleasantness in mind had [[Thorin and Company]] got into the marshes - perhaps meeting the [[Mewlips]].<ref>{{HH|PNB}}, (ii) ''Visiting the Mewlips'', p. 370</ref>
 
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Latest revision as of 12:56, 23 September 2015

The Long Marshes were a region of marshes and pools dotted with isles that flanked both sides of the Forest River. They extended from the eastern edge of Mirkwood nearly to the shores of the Long Lake.[1]

By T.A. 2941 there had been great floods, rains, and a couple of earthquakes, causing the marshes and bogs to spread widely of either side of the river, erasing the paths (along with many riders and wanderers). The Forest River broke into hundreds of winding courses when it first encountered the Long Marshes, and still flowed strongly through the midst and offered the only safe way.[1]

Gandalf, who didn't know of the recent developments, when he left Thorin and Company at the Forest Gate, told them to stick to the forest-track until they see the Long Marshes lying below them.[2] But when Gandalf learned of the hazards that befell them, he was in great anxiety to finish his other business in Dol Guldur and to find Thorin.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In plot notes that J.R.R. Tolkien made while writing the story, the raftsmen told tales of disappearing rafts, men, and beasts;[3] John D. Rateliff suggests that the more ominous line in the notes may indicate that Tolkien had some unpleasantness in mind had Thorin and Company got into the marshes - perhaps meeting the Mewlips.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Warm Welcome"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The Second Phase, "Plot Notes B", p. 362
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The Second Phase, "Plot Notes B", (ii) Visiting the Mewlips, p. 370