|Linhir in The Lord of the Rings Online|
|Location||Southwest of the confluence of the Gilrain and Serni in southern Gondor|
|Description||Haven and ferrybridge|
Linhir was a haven with a ferrybridge over the river Gilrain. It was located just downstream from the juncture of the river Gilrain and the river Serni on the western side of the river in Dor-en-Ernil in southern Gondor. Through it passed the road from Erech to Pelargir.
On 11 March T.A. 3019, Aragorn arrived with the Grey Company and the Army of the Dead at Linhir where men of Lamedon were defending the fords over the river Gilrain against men from Umbar and from Harad, which had sailed up the river. Except the stout-hearted Angbor, the Lord of Lamedon, both the defenders and the attacking forces fled in terror from the Army of the Dead. Aragorn asked Angbor to gather his troops and to help him to pursue the men from Umbar and from Harad over the river Gilrain to Pelargir where the main fleet from Umbar was anchored.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Linhir is a Sindarin name, which means "fair stream". It is properly a river name for the joint course of the river Gilrain and the river Serni from their junction to the sea. Paul Strack suggests that it is a compound of lind ("fair") and the lenited form of sîr ("river").
Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]
2014: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- As in the book, Linhir was a city in the region of Central Gondor. It straddled the rivers Serni and Gilrain just past their confluence and therefore was built in both Dor-en-Ernil and Lower Lebennin, but was mainly considered part of the former. Three brothers, "Erchar", "Garvir", and "Herion", sons of the late "Comeldir", commanded the soldiers of Linhir following Aragorn's passage. The brothers were commanded to defend the city, but Erchar and Herion instead attacked the enemy forces in Dor-en-Ernil, resulting in the deaths of many of their men. The brothers were later convinced to return, and when both sides recovered from the terror of the Oathbreakers the remaining Corsairs and Haradrim launched a second attack. The Gondorians were again victorious but suffered heavy losses.
- 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, p. 587
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years", entry for the year 3019, March, 11, p. 1093
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate", p. 875
- Paul Strack, "S. Linhir loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 21 June 2022)