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Luis F. Bejarano - Lothlann

Lothlann, a "wide and empty" plain,[1] lay to the east of Ard-galen and north of East Beleriand, beyond the March of Maedhros and Maglor's Gap.[2]

In the Dagor Bragollach the riders of the people of Fëanor were overwhelmed in Lothlann when the dragon Glaurung came and passed through Maglor's Gap. Many of Maglor's cavalry were burnt alive on the plain as Morgoth set fire to it.[3]

As with most of Beleriand, it was drowned by the Great Sea at the end of the First Age.


[edit] Etymology

The name means "empty and wide". In The Etymologies the name is identified as Noldorin and spelled Lhothlann according to the earlier conception, with the "Lh" later being dropped in favour of "L" in Sindarin.[4] It is derived from the Noldorin elements lhost "empty" and lhand/lhann *"wide".

In that document the name appears both as Lhothland and Lhothlann, but under the entry LUS it also appears in its later form Lothlann.[5]

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In early drafts of The Return of the King, the name Lothland desert, also Desert of Lostladen, was to be a region south of Mordor.

[edit] See also


  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, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  4. "On LH and RH", Ardalambion (accessed 16 June 2019)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entries LUS, LAD