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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.

"...Then Tuor and his companion fared over the 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..."
The Fall of Gondolin

Etymology

The name comes from the Sindarin elements tum "deep valley"[1] and laden "open, cleared".[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry tum
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"p. 368, entry LAT-