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Gliding Water

From Tolkien Gateway

The Gliding Water was the name of a river passing through Kortirion, according to the early version of the legendarium associated with The Book of Lost Tales.[1] It is only mentioned in the poem Kortirion among the Trees.

According to the poem, elms grew about it, and it flowed westward from Kortirion, passing through meadows before reaching the sea.[1]


The Gliding Water might have been inspired by the river Avon, which flows through the town of Warwick, the main inspiration behind the city of Kortirion.[2]

Other versions of the legendarium

In later reworkings of the poem, the river was called the River Gliding instead.[3]