Angle (Eriador)

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Angle
Region
General Information
LocationRhudaur, between the Hoarwell and Loudwater
TypeRegion
DescriptionTriangular area between two rivers
History
EventsDivision of Arnor
Migration of the Stoors

The Angle in Eriador was the wedge of land between the rivers of Hoarwell and Loudwater.[1] It is not known how far north the area known as the Angle extended.

History[edit | edit source]

The Angle was originally part of the realm of Arnor.[2] When the kingdom of Arnor was divided into the kingdoms of Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur after the death of King Eärendur in T.A. 861,[3] the Angle became part of the kingdom of Rhudaur.[1]

In T.A. 1150 the Stoors, a branch of the race of Hobbits, crossed the Misty Mountains westward over the Redhorn Pass into Eriador and settled in the Angle or in Dunland.[4]

The Stoors only remained in the Angle for some two hundred years before they moved on again around T.A. 1356,[5] but at this point their kind divided. Some travelled west and north, and their descendants eventually merged with the other Hobbits of Bree and the Shire. Others returned across the Misty Mountains and travelled back down into the Vales of Anduin.[6]

In the time of the Chieftain of the Dúnedain Arador many Dúnedain of the North lived in woods between the river Hoarwell and the river Loudwater. Arador lived in a house north of the Trollshaws in woods near the river Hoarwell, which was threatened by a group of Trolls.[7] It is possible that the Dúnedain lived in the Angle since it was protected by the river Hoarwell in the west, which could only be crossed below its sources at the Last Bridge[8] and the river Loudwater in the east and it was close to the elven refuge of Rivendell where the sons of the Chieftains of the Dúnedain were raised since Arahael, the son of the first Chieftain Arvedui,[9] but it is not known when they moved there or how long they continued to live in the Angle.

It is possible that the hidden refuge in the wilds of Eriador in which the Dúnadan Dírhael lived with his wife Ivorwen and his daughter Gilraen in the time of Arathorn II[10] was located in the Angle.

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

Map of the Angle from The Lord of the Rings Online.

2022: The Lord of the Rings Online:

More fully known as the "Angle of Mitheithel", this area is an extension of the Trollshaws region.[11] It is the site of the Ranger village "Tornhad", a long-abandoned Stoor village, and several ruins both from Eregion and from Rhudaur.[12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur", The North-kingdom and the Dúnedain, p. 1040
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur", p. 1039
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 861, p. 1085
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 1150, p. 1085
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 1356, p. 1086
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur", The North-kingdom and the Dúnedain, p. 1040
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XVII. Silvan Elves and Silvan Elvish", note 12, p. 366
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford", p. 200
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur", The North-kingdom and the Dúnedain, p. 1043
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (ii) "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen", manuscript A, p. 263
  11. "Update 32 Release Notes" dated 16 February 2024, The Lord of the Rings Online (accessed 23 May 2024)
  12. The Lord of the Rings Online, Explorer of the Angle