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Tumladen

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Tumladen was the name for the hidden valley within the Encircling Mountains where the Elven city of Gondolin was built during the First Age.

Turgon, a king of the Noldor, discovered Tumladen under the divine guidance of the Vala Ulmo, Lord of Waters.

plain that was of a marvellous level, broken but here and there by boulders round and smooth which lay amid a sward, or by pools in rocky beds. Many fair pathways lay across that plain[1]

Etymology

The name comes from the Sindarin elements tum "deep valley, under or among hills" and laden "open, cleared"

References

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