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 were joined by the Avari who came west, but eventually they left the Vales for the west or became the Elves of Mirkwood or the Galadhrim.
Near the end of the First Age, the Vales were occupied by Edain, the ancestors of the Northmen. Those were in confederation with the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm and provided food in return for Dwarven weapons and precious items. This cooperation continued until the reign of Durin IV.
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. 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.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
- ↑ 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
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"