Nan Curunír

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Nan Curunír
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"Autumn at Isengard" by Matěj Čadil
General Information
LocationBetween the southern arms of the Misty Mountains, around Isengard
People and History
InhabitantsSaruman, Uruks; Ents, Huorns
EventsBattle of Isengard

Nan Curunír was the name given in the late Third Age to the valley in the southern feet of the Misty Mountains where Isengard stood. The name is taken from Curunír, the Sindarin name of the Wizard Saruman, who dwelt there.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Nan Curunír is Sindarin for "Saruman's Vale", consisting of nan and Curunír.

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

An early form of this name while writing The Lord of the Rings was Nan Gurunír which appears as such in the General Map of Middle-earth as published. The name was corrected later in Pauline Baynes's A Map of Middle-earth.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

The map of Nan Curunír from The Lord of the Rings Online

2001-03: The Lord of the Rings (film series):

The valley of Nan Curunír appears in all three movies of Peter Jackson's film trilogy.

2004: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth:

The valley makes appearance as part of Isengard map.

2006: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II:

The valley and the Ring of Isengard makes appearance once again, though its depiction differs from the first game.

2011: The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard:

Nan Curunír is considered a sub-area of the Dunland region for gameplay purposes. The valley is filled with multiple Orcs, Uruks, Goblins, Wargs and Trolls and several quest chains take place there.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: Appendix, Drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow"; Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lxiii, 412