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Sea of Rhûn

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The inland sea in the land of [[Rhûn]] into which the [[Celduin]] emptied its waters. Its northeastern shores were densely forested, and to the southwest lay a mountainous region. The mysterious land of [[Dorwinion]] was said to lie on its northwestern coasts.
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The '''Sea of Rhûn''', or the '''[[Eastern Sea]]''', is a large saltwater lake or sea in the east of [[Middle-earth]].
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The Sea of Rhûn, according to Tolkien's maps, covers roughly 400 square miles (1,000 km²). The [[River Running|Celduin]] (River Running) flows from the northwest into a northwestern arm of the sea, while several unnamed rivers flow from the northeastern shore. West of the Sea of Rhûn is the land of [[Dorwinion]] and roughly 200 miles (300 km) to the South is the eastern end of the [[Ered Lithui]].
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Christopher Tolkien and others have speculated that the [[Sea of Rhûn]] might "...be identified with the [[Sea of Helkar]], vastly shrunken" ([[The War of the Jewels]], pg. 174). [[Karen Wynn Fonstad]] adopted this assumption in ''[[The Atlas of Middle-earth]]''. In ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]'' there are references to the Sea of Rhûn existing in the First Age, but no indication as to whether it should be equated with the Sea of Helkar or not.
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[[de:Meer von Rhûn]]
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[[fi:Rhûnin Järvi]]
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Latest revision as of 18:12, 13 June 2012

The name Inland Sea refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Inland Sea (disambiguation).
Sea of Rhûn
Physical Description
TypeInland Sea
LocationRhûn
RealmsRhûn (Easterlings)
DescriptionRoughly shaped like an hourglass laid on its side
General Information
Other namesEastern Sea
EtymologyS. rhûn "east"

The Sea of Rhûn, or the Eastern Sea, is a large saltwater lake or sea in the east of Middle-earth.

The Sea of Rhûn, according to Tolkien's maps, covers roughly 400 square miles (1,000 km²). The Celduin (River Running) flows from the northwest into a northwestern arm of the sea, while several unnamed rivers flow from the northeastern shore. West of the Sea of Rhûn is the land of Dorwinion and roughly 200 miles (300 km) to the South is the eastern end of the Ered Lithui.

Christopher Tolkien and others have speculated that the Sea of Rhûn might "...be identified with the Sea of Helkar, vastly shrunken" (The War of the Jewels, pg. 174). Karen Wynn Fonstad adopted this assumption in The Atlas of Middle-earth. In The Peoples of Middle-earth there are references to the Sea of Rhûn existing in the First Age, but no indication as to whether it should be equated with the Sea of Helkar or not.