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Vales of Anduin

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The Vales of Anduin was the collective name for the large valley of the Anduin, specifically the part east of the Misty Mountains. It is where the Gladden River meets the Anduin and form the Gladden Fields.

In the First Age, the Teleri who were too afraid to cross the Misty Mountains stopped there. They became the Nandor and their leader was Lenwe. Later they left the Vales for the west or became the Elves of Mirkwood or the Galadhrim.

After the disastrous Battle of the Plains, some Northmen were gathereed under the leadership of Marhwini son of Marhari, who led them north between Anduin and Mirkwood, eventually settling in the Vales of Anduin between the Carrock and the Gladden Fields.[1] They were joined by many fugitives who came through Mirkwood. This was the birth of the Éothéod.

Sometime during the Third Age the Hobbits migrated to the Vales of Anduin and it is their first known location when they left for the west and begun their Wandering Days. When Angmar threatened Eriador, some of the Stoors would return to the east and settled in the Gladden Fields.

The Vales were a fair and fertile land but in the later years they were affected by the shadow of Dol Guldur.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", (i) The Northmen and the Wainriders, note 8