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Ossiriand

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Ossiriand
Political information
Head of StateDenethor (Nando)
Societal information
Capitalnone
LanguageNandorin
LocationEasternmost Beleriand
PopulaceNandor(Laiquendi)
Historical information
Formed fromTeleri who abandoned the Great Journey
EstablishmentFirst Age
Dissolutionafter the War of Wrath
Ossiriand was a region of eastern Beleriand.

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History

Ossiriand was a green and forested land, and it was populated by the Nandor.

  • For more information, see Lindon

Geography

Ossiriand, or Land of Seven Rivers, was the most eastern region of Beleriand during the First Age, lying between the Ered Luin and the river Gelion.

North of Ossiriand lay the land of Thargelion, and south of the river Adurant later lay the Land of the Dead that Live, where Lúthien and Beren lived their second lives.

The Seven Rivers were, from north to south:

  1. River Gelion
  2. River Ascar or Rathlóriel
  3. River Thalos
  4. River Legolin
  5. River Brilthor
  6. River Duilwen
  7. River Adurant, with Tol Galen

Along the northern shore of the Ascar ran the Dwarf-Road to Nogrod.

Etymology

Ossiriand is Sindarin, meaning 'the Land of Seven Rivers'[1] (alternatively 'Land of Seven Streams'[2]). Early names used by Tolkien for this region were Ossiriande[3], Assariad and Ossiriath[4].

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 81
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, p. 116
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "The Lay of Leithian: Canto I", pp. 158-9
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, pp. 173, 233

Ossiriand
Amon Ereb Thargelion Nogrod
Taur-im-Duinath WindRose3.pngEred Luin