Lamedon

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Lamedon
Region
General Information
Pronunciationlam-eh-don
LocationSouthern Gondor next to the White Mountains
TypeRegion
DescriptionFiefdom of a series of valleys
InhabitantsGondorians

Lamedon was a region near the upper waters of the rivers Ciril and Ringló[1] on the southern side of the White Mountains in Gondor.[2]

Tarlang's Neck, a long ridge of rock between the main ridge of the White Mountains and a mountain branch in the south was the border[3] between Lamedon and the plain of Erech in the Morthond Vale[4].[5]

At the time of the War of the Ring the Lord of Lamedon was Angbor.[6]

Beregond, a guard of the Citadel of Gondor, thought that the beacons were ignited on 7 March T.A. 3019, because of news from Lebennin that a great fleet of the Corsairs of Umbar was approaching the mouths of the river Anduin.[7][8]

On 9 March T.A. 3019,[9] Aragorn and the Grey Company followed by the Army of the Dead took the road from Erech over Tarlang's Neck into Lamedon and discovered that the town of Calembel had been deserted by its inhabitants, because many men had left to fight in the war and the remaining population had fled into the hills after they had heard a rumour that the King of the Dead was coming.[3] On the same day only a few hillmen from Lamedon without a captain arrived at Minas Tirith to aid in the defence of the city.[10] It is probable that this was due to the fact that Angbor needed most of his troops in the south in order to defend it against the attack by troops from Umbar and Harad, because on 11 March T.A. 3019,[11] men of Lamedon led by Angbor defended the fords over the river Gilrain at Linhir against attackers from Umbar and Harad who had sailed up the river. When Aragorn arrived at the battle at Linhir with the Grey Company and the Army of the Dead the defenders and the attackers fled in fear of the Dead with the exception of Angbor who was brave enough to stay. Then Aragorn requested Angbor to gather his troops and to follow them to Pelargir.[6] The Grey Company departed first, and by the time Angbor joined them at Pelargir with all the horsemen he could assemble, the Corsairs of Umbar and the Haradrim had been driven away, and the Dead released, because they had fulfilled their oath.[12] Many of the men of Lamedon, as well as soldiers from Lebennin and various other southern fiefs, came in ships to Minas Tirith and fought in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[13] But Angbor, leading four thousand, went by land, coming to garrison Minas Tirith after the hosts departed for the Black Gate and the ensuing Battle of the Morannon.[14]

Etymology[edit]

Lamedon is a pre-Númenórean name (it is not Sindarin[15]).[1]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

2014: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Lamedon was an area in the region of Western Gondor, located northeast of the Havens of Belfalas, west of the Ringló Vale in Central Gondor, and southeast of the Blackroot Vale via Tarlang's Neck. Its emblem was a black fist on a yellow field. The capital was Calembel and other settlements included "Dínadab", "Lothgobel" and "Bar Elir". The river Ciril was fed by several tributaries and all were a source of freshwater fish for Dol Amroth. South of the river Ringló on the edges of the Emyn Ernil were two beacons, "Maegond" and another only identified as the Fallen Beacon.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, entry Lamedon, p. 525
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company", "passed Tarlang's Neck and came into Lamedon", p. 790
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, entry Erech, p. 530
  5. 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, entry Tarlang's Neck, pp. 776
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate", p. 875
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith", on 9 March "two nights ago" and "the news that came that eve out of Lebennin", p. 765
  8. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, J.R.R. Tolkien's scheme, entry March 7, p. 508
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years", entry for the year 3019, March, 9
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith", p. 771
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years", entry for the year 3019, March, 11
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate", p. 877
  13. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields", p. 848
  14. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate", p. 881
  15. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 17
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