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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.[1]



Famed for its willows and its flowered meadows, Nan-tathren was a desolate land.[1] The region played little part in the history of Arda, although it is mentioned a couple of times.

After Morgoth's triumph in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, his Orcs and wolves are said to have roamed even the distant southern lands of Nan-tathren and Ossiriand, causing none of the Free Peoples in Beleriand to be secure.[2]

The refugees from Gondolin, led by Tuor, rested in Nan-tathren for a while on their long journey south from their city's ruin. They were healed of their wounds and sorrows by Ulmo's power, which was strong in the land from his presence in the River Sirion. There was awaken the sea-longing of Tuor and his son Eärendil.[3]

In the late Third Age, Treebeard remembered Nan-tathren and sang about "the willow-meads of Tasarinan" to Merry and Pippin.[4]


Nan-tathren is a Sindarin name, meaning "vale of willows" or "land of willows".[5]


In Quenya, the region was called Tasarinan or Nan-tasarion,[4] meaning "willow-vale".[5]

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.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 384
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin"