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'''The Wold''' was the northernmost and least populated part of [[Rohan]], lying between [[Fangorn Forest]] and the River [[Anduin]], and bounded to the north by the River [[Limlight]].
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'''The Wold''' was the northernmost and least populated part of [[Rohan]], lying between [[Fangorn Forest]] and the [[Anduin]], bordered to the north by the [[Limlight]].<ref>{{UT|Map}}</ref>
  
The main inhabitance were nomadic [[Men of Rohan]] who used the land to graze cattle.
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The main inhabitants were nomadic [[Rohirrim|Men of Rohan]] who used the land to graze cattle, although during the years up to the [[War of the Ring]] the land had become deserted due to [[Orcs|orc-raids]].<ref name="River">{{FR|II9}}</ref>
  
King [[Eorl]] of the Rohirrim was killed in battle in '''The Wold'''.
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==History==
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Prior to the late years of the [[Second Age]] the Wold was part of no kingdom; the [[Elves]] of [[Lórien]] never claimed any land south of the [[Limlight]] as part of their realm.<ref>{{UT|6c}}</ref>  When the kingdom of [[Gondor]] was established in {{SA|3320}}<ref>{{App|SA}}</ref> the Wold became part of [[Calenardhon]].
  
During the [[War of the Ring]], the third assault wave by [[Dol Guldur]] on [[Lorien]] was driven into '''the Wold'', where the [[Ents]] from Fangorn Forest met them and destroyed the them.
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After victory in the [[War of the Last Alliance]], [[Isildur]], his nephew [[Meneldil]], and a company of trusted friends rode about the borders of Gondor.  The Wold was one of their last stops before they journeyed to [[Amon Anwar]] where the tomb of [[Elendil]] was made.<ref>{{UT|Cirion}}, (iv) ''The Tradition of Isildur''</ref>
  
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In {{TA|2510}} the Wold was invaded by a host of the [[Balchoth]] who crossed over the [[Anduin]] from the [[Brown Lands]].  At the same time Orcs descended upon the Wold from the [[Misty Mountains]] in the west.  The [[Ruling Steward]] [[Cirion]] sent messengers north to seek aid and then led Gondor's northern army to repel the invaders.  This army had been driven into the [[Field of Celebrant]] and was facing annihilation when [[Eorl|Eorl the Young]] and his mounted host burst upon the rear of the enemy.  The invaders fled across the Limlight and were hunted by Eorl's riders across the Wold.<ref>{{App|Eorl}}</ref>
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In {{TA|2545|n}} King [[Eorl]] of the [[Rohirrim]] fell in battle in the Wold.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>
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In [[July]] {{TA|3018|n}} the [[Nazgûl]] passed northward across the Wold as they began searching for the land of the [[Hobbits]].  They returned to the Wold in [[September]] empty-handed, where they met messengers from Sauron with orders to ride in haste to [[Isengard]].<ref>{{UT|Hunt}}, (i) ''On the Journey of the Black Riders according to the account that Gandalf gave to Frodo''</ref>
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In [[February]] {{TA|3019|n}}<ref name="TA"/> the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] passed by the eastern edge of the Wold as they coursed down the [[Anduin]].<ref name="River"/>  Later that month the Fellowship was broken and first the [[Uruk-Hai]], who had captured [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]],<ref>{{TT|III3}}</ref> followed by the [[Three Hunters]], skirted the western edge of the Wold as they raced towards Fangorn Forest.  It was here that [[Aragorn]], [[Legolas]], and [[Gimli]] met [[Éomer]], who was riding back after destroying the Orcs who had crossed the northern plains of Rohan.<ref>{{TT|III2}}</ref>
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The Wold was invaded from the north by forces from [[Dol Guldur]] on [[11 March]], {{TA|3019|n}}.  These invaders were destroyed upon the Wold by the [[Ents]] on [[12 March]].<ref name="TA"/>
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Revision as of 02:00, 5 October 2012

The Wold
Physical Description
TypeRegion
LocationNorthern part of the Eastemnet of Rohan
RealmsGondor, then Rohan
InhabitantsMen
DescriptionGrassy uplands

The Wold was the northernmost and least populated part of Rohan, lying between Fangorn Forest and the Anduin, bordered to the north by the Limlight.[1]

The main inhabitants were nomadic Men of Rohan who used the land to graze cattle, although during the years up to the War of the Ring the land had become deserted due to orc-raids.[2]

History

Prior to the late years of the Second Age the Wold was part of no kingdom; the Elves of Lórien never claimed any land south of the Limlight as part of their realm.[3] When the kingdom of Gondor was established in S.A. 3320[4] the Wold became part of Calenardhon.

After victory in the War of the Last Alliance, Isildur, his nephew Meneldil, and a company of trusted friends rode about the borders of Gondor. The Wold was one of their last stops before they journeyed to Amon Anwar where the tomb of Elendil was made.[5]

In T.A. 2510 the Wold was invaded by a host of the Balchoth who crossed over the Anduin from the Brown Lands. At the same time Orcs descended upon the Wold from the Misty Mountains in the west. The Ruling Steward Cirion sent messengers north to seek aid and then led Gondor's northern army to repel the invaders. This army had been driven into the Field of Celebrant and was facing annihilation when Eorl the Young and his mounted host burst upon the rear of the enemy. The invaders fled across the Limlight and were hunted by Eorl's riders across the Wold.[6]

In 2545 King Eorl of the Rohirrim fell in battle in the Wold.[7]

In July 3018 the Nazgûl passed northward across the Wold as they began searching for the land of the Hobbits. They returned to the Wold in September empty-handed, where they met messengers from Sauron with orders to ride in haste to Isengard.[8]

In February 3019[7] the Fellowship of the Ring passed by the eastern edge of the Wold as they coursed down the Anduin.[2] Later that month the Fellowship was broken and first the Uruk-Hai, who had captured Merry and Pippin,[9] followed by the Three Hunters, skirted the western edge of the Wold as they raced towards Fangorn Forest. It was here that Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli met Éomer, who was riding back after destroying the Orcs who had crossed the northern plains of Rohan.[10]

The Wold was invaded from the north by forces from Dol Guldur on 11 March, 3019. These invaders were destroyed upon the Wold by the Ents on 12 March.[7]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix C: The Boundaries of Lórien"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", (iv) The Tradition of Isildur
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring", (i) On the Journey of the Black Riders according to the account that Gandalf gave to Frodo
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Uruk-hai"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"