Brown Lands

From Tolkien Gateway

The Brown Lands (S. Berennyr) was a devastated region east of the Anduin between Mirkwood to the north and the Emyn Muil to the south.[1][2][3]

The area was the home of the Entwives who made their gardens there; but during the War of the Last Alliance at the end of the Second Age, they were driven away when Sauron ruined the land against the advance of the Allies down the Anduin.[4] The Ents vainly had crossed the Anduin in search of the Entwives. Treebeard appeared convinced that the Entwives were not all destroyed but were "lost".[5]

Even by the end of the Third Age, when the Fellowship of the Ring drifted by in boats upon the Great River, they saw only long, formless slopes with a withered look, without trees or even grass. What had caused such desolation not even Aragorn could tell.[6]


The Brown Lands were called Berennyr in Sindarin.[1][2] The complete meaning of Berennyr is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests it means "Brown Lands" and is a compound of the plural of baran ("brown", "yellow-brown")[1] and a mutated plural of dôr ("land").[7]