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Hoarwell

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| caption="The Last Bridge" by [[:Category:Images by Ralph Damiani|Ralph Damiani]]
 
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| othernames=''Mitheithel'' ([[Sindarin|S]])
 
| location=Eastern [[Eriador]], running from the [[Misty Mountains]] down to [[Tharbad]]
 
| location=Eastern [[Eriador]], running from the [[Misty Mountains]] down to [[Tharbad]]
 
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The Hoarwell was within the boundaries of [[Arnor]] when the realm was founded.<ref name="Eriador">{{App|Eriador}}</ref> In {{TA|861}}<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> when Arnor was dismembered, the river was within the confines of [[Rhudaur]].<ref name="Eriador"/>
 
The Hoarwell was within the boundaries of [[Arnor]] when the realm was founded.<ref name="Eriador">{{App|Eriador}}</ref> In {{TA|861}}<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> when Arnor was dismembered, the river was within the confines of [[Rhudaur]].<ref name="Eriador"/>
  
Around {{TA|1150|n}} the [[Stoors]] came over the [[Redhorn Pass]] and settled in the [[Angle (Eriador)|Angle]], the land between the Hoarwell and the Loudwater. When [[Angmar]] became powerful about {{TA|1300|n}} these hobbits moved over the Hoarwell and settled near [[Bree]].<ref name="TA"/>
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Around {{TA|1150|n}}, the [[Stoors]] came over the [[Redhorn Pass]] and settled in the [[Angle (Eriador)|Angle]], the land between the Hoarwell and the Loudwater. When [[Angmar]] became powerful about {{TA|1300|n}}, these hobbits moved over the Hoarwell and settled near [[Bree]].<ref name="TA"/> Later, the [[Fallohides]] followed them down the river and joined the other kinds of Hobbits.<ref>{{FR|}}</ref>
  
In May, {{TA|2941|n}}<ref name="TA"/> [[Thorin and Company]] crossed the Hoarwell on the Last Bridge (and later that night encountered the trolls).<ref name=Mutton/>
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In May {{TA|2941|n}},<ref name="TA"/> [[Thorin and Company]] crossed the Hoarwell on the Last Bridge (and later that night encountered the trolls).<ref name=Mutton/>
  
 
On [[11 October]] {{TA|3018|n}}, [[Glorfindel]] drove the [[Nazgûl|Black Riders]] from the Last Bridge<ref name="Great">{{App|Great}}</ref> and left a beryl on the roadway to show that the path was safe.<ref>{{FR|I12}}</ref> Two days later, after finding the elf-stone, [[Aragorn]] led the hobbits across the bridge.<ref name="Great"/>
 
On [[11 October]] {{TA|3018|n}}, [[Glorfindel]] drove the [[Nazgûl|Black Riders]] from the Last Bridge<ref name="Great">{{App|Great}}</ref> and left a beryl on the roadway to show that the path was safe.<ref>{{FR|I12}}</ref> Two days later, after finding the elf-stone, [[Aragorn]] led the hobbits across the bridge.<ref name="Great"/>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Hoar'' means "grey" and ''well'' in English placenames usually has the meaning of "spring, source".{{fact}}
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''Hoarwell'' is a combination of ''hoar'' ("greyish-white") + [[Old English]] ''well'' ("well, spring, stream").<ref name=Hoar>{{HM|RC}}, "Prologue", p. 15</ref>
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The [[Sindarin]] name '''''Mitheithel''''' has the same meaning: "Hoary Spring",<ref name=Hoar>{{HM|RC}}, "Prologue", p. 15</ref> from ''[[mith]]'' ("pale grey") + ''[[eithel]]'' ("spring, source").<ref>{{HM|N}}, p. 772</ref>
  
The [[Sindarin]] name ''Mitheithel'' has the same meaning, "grey-spring" from ''[[mith]]'' "grey" and '[[eithel]]'' "spring".<ref>{{HM|N}}, p. 772</ref>
 
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
In the 1937 version of ''[[The Hobbit]]'' the Hoarwell was described as a rushing ''red'' river coming from the mountains ''in front'' of the company. In the 1966 edition the adjective "red" was removed and the river came from the north in order to match the geography of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.
 
In the 1937 version of ''[[The Hobbit]]'' the Hoarwell was described as a rushing ''red'' river coming from the mountains ''in front'' of the company. In the 1966 edition the adjective "red" was removed and the river came from the north in order to match the geography of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.
  
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[[Category:Rivers]]

Revision as of 11:39, 11 January 2022

Hoarwell
River
Ralph Damiani - Across Middle-earth - The Last Bridge.png
"The Last Bridge" by Ralph Damiani
General Information
Other namesMitheithel (S)
LocationEastern Eriador, running from the Misty Mountains down to Tharbad
TypeRiver
DescriptionA rushing river[1]

The river Hoarwell, or Mitheithel was a river traversing eastern Eriador.

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Course

It began in the northern Misty Mountains west of the Rhimdath River and about 100 miles north of Rivendell. The Hoarwell flowed west past the Ettenmoors and then curved southward, skirting the western edge of the Trollshaws. Flowing under the Last Bridge on the East-West Road, it coursed southward until it was joined by the Bruinen or "Loudwater". The Hoarwell turned south-west until at Tharbad it met with the Glanduin, forming the fenland called Nîn-in-Eilph or "Swanfleet". Beyond this point the combined waters were called the Gwathló.[2]

History

The Hoarwell was within the boundaries of Arnor when the realm was founded.[3] In T.A. 861[4] when Arnor was dismembered, the river was within the confines of Rhudaur.[3]

Around 1150, the Stoors came over the Redhorn Pass and settled in the Angle, the land between the Hoarwell and the Loudwater. When Angmar became powerful about 1300, these hobbits moved over the Hoarwell and settled near Bree.[4] Later, the Fallohides followed them down the river and joined the other kinds of Hobbits.[5]

In May 2941,[4] Thorin and Company crossed the Hoarwell on the Last Bridge (and later that night encountered the trolls).[1]

On 11 October 3018, Glorfindel drove the Black Riders from the Last Bridge[6] and left a beryl on the roadway to show that the path was safe.[7] Two days later, after finding the elf-stone, Aragorn led the hobbits across the bridge.[6]

Etymology

Hoarwell is a combination of hoar ("greyish-white") + Old English well ("well, spring, stream").[8]

The Sindarin name Mitheithel has the same meaning: "Hoary Spring",[8] from mith ("pale grey") + eithel ("spring, source").[9]

Other versions of the legendarium

In the 1937 version of The Hobbit the Hoarwell was described as a rushing red river coming from the mountains in front of the company. In the 1966 edition the adjective "red" was removed and the river came from the north in order to match the geography of The Lord of the Rings.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"
  7. 8.0 8.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "Prologue", p. 15
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 772