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"...It is a long tale..." — Aragorn
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Nan-tathren, the "Land of Willows", was the region where the River Narog met the great River Sirion, a little to the north of the Mouths of the Sirion. Famed for its willows and its flowered meadows, those who had visited this land reported its extraordinary beauty. It played little part in history, except that the refugees from Gondolin rested here for a while on their long journey south from their city's ruin.

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In The Fall of Gondolin the 'Land of Willows' is located in roughly the same place as in the later geography of the legendarium, but Tuor visits it before as well as after, his sojourn in Gondolin. Its beauty caused Tuor to tarry there longer than Ulmo had purposed – only leaving when the Vala appeared to him directly and order him to seek Gondolin. Following the sack of the city the refugees came to the Land of Willows and stayed there several years, until Tuor's 'sea-longing' drove them on to the Mouths of Sirion.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin".