Ettenmoors

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Ettenmoors
Moorland
Rob Alexander - Ettenmoors.jpg
"Ettenmoors" by Rob Alexander
General Information
Other namesEttendales, Troll-fells
LocationEastern Eriador, north of the Trollshaws
TypeMoorland
DescriptionHighland region infested with Trolls
InhabitantsTrolls, possibly Orcs
GalleryImages of Ettenmoors

The Ettenmoors were a mountainous, wild, and untamed land that lay north of Rivendell.

Also called the troll-fells,[1] the region was likely infested with Trolls.

The Ettenmoors included the land of the Ettendales, which consisted of valleys reaching into the foothills of the Misty Mountains.[2]

It is speculated that Mount Gram, from where a host of Orcs attacked the Shire, was located in the Ettenmoors.[3]

History[edit]

It was here that in T.A. 1975 the Witch-king of Angmar fled after his defeat in the Battle of Fornost.[4] Chieftain Arador was slain by trolls in this area[5] in 2930.[6]

Around November T.A. 3018, scouts from Rivendell investigated the Ettenmoors for any activities concerning the servants of Sauron, but they came with no warning news.[7]

Etymology[edit]

See also: etten

The name Ettenmoors consists of etten and moor ("high barren land").[8]

"Fells" translates to hills or moorland, thus "troll-fells" were hills in which trolls lived.[8]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

In the "first phase" of The Fellowship of the Ring, map sketches label the source of Hoarwell as Dimrill Dale(s), but when the name was displaced, the region was renamed Hoardale, changed to "Entish Dales" or "Entish Lands". This was before J.R.R. Tolkien conceived the Ents of The Two Towers and the adjective "entish" directly refers to Old English eōten "giant"[9] (see also Etymology section).

Later Tolkien decided to change it into "Trollfells" (capitalized without a hyphen): he wrote on a map: "Alter Entish Lands to [Trollfells > Bergrisland >] Ettenmoor". This is also the first mention of Ettenmoor(s) in the legendarium.[10]

Inspiration[edit]

The name Ettenmoors is similar to the land of Ettinsmoor of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. In The Silver Chair Lewis mentions that it is inhabited by Ettins, giants who often play the game of Cockshies, throwing rocks at a gorge, much like the stone giants in The Hobbit.

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

2002-5: The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game:

The Ettenmoors are the homeland of the Ettens who resemble Hill-trolls, but they possess "not one but two long heads".[11]
Map of the Ettenmoors from The Lord of the Rings Online

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Ettenmoors is the region where player vs player play takes place. The land has three keeps (Lugazag, Tirith Rhaw and Tol Ascarnen), Isendeep Mine and Grimwood Lumber Camp that can be controlled by either the forces of Angmar or the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.

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