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Harlond (Gondor)

This article is about the port of Minas Tirith. For the Elven port in Lindon, see Harlond (Lindon).
General Information
LocationWest bank of Anduin a few miles south of Minas Tirith
DescriptionThe quays and docks for river traffic to Minas Tirith
People and History
EventsArrival of Aragorn at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Harlond was the port and docks of the city of Minas Tirith, used by river traffic from the southern regions of Gondor. It lay 3-4 miles[1] to the south of the city, where its fortifications ran alongside the great outlying wall of the Rammas Echor.[2]

On 15 March T.A. 3019[3] Aragorn and his followers in the fleet from the south landed at Harlond and swept north into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[4]

[edit] Etymology

Harlond is a Sindarin name.[5][1] It means "Southhaven".[6] Paul Strack suggests that it is a compound of the prefixal form har- of harn ("south", "southern") and lond ([land locked] "haven").[5]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Harlond was considered part of Lossarnach, in the Eastern Gondor region. In the days before the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, it was seized and blockaded by Morgul-orcs.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry Harlond, p. 189
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paul Strack, "S. Harlond loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 7 February 2022)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 513