Nindalf

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Nindalf
Swamp
Nindalf in The Lord of the Rings Online
General Information
Other namesWetwang
LocationSouth of Emyn Muil, east of Anduin
TypeSwamp
DescriptionA large trackless fen
GalleryImages of Nindalf

Nindalf, or Wetwang in Westron, was a wide region of swampy land of fen[1] on the east side of the river Anduin[2] near the foot of the falls of Rauros and the mouths of the Entwash[1].

At the Nindalf the Anduin divided into many channels and formed marshlands in the east of the main channel of the river. Opposite of the Nindalf, on the west side of the Anduin the river Entwash flowed into the Anduin by many mouths in a great inland delta.[3] The Dead Marshes lay further east and may have been an extension of Wetwang.[2]

On 16 February T.A. 3019[4] Celeborn recommended to the Fellowship of the Ring that those heading to Minas Tirith should leave the river above the Falls of Rauros and cross the Entwash before it separates into many mouths in the marshes.[3]

Etymology

Nindalf is a Sindarin name, which means "Wetwang"[5] or "wet flat"[6]. It is a compound of nîn ("wet") and talf ("flat field").[5][6]

The archaic meaning of wang (modern wong) means "field, flat area".[5]

Inspiration

Wetwang is a real-life place-name in Yorkshire.[5]

Portrayal in adaptations

2012: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Nindalf can be viewed from atop the Rauros and from the Mouths of Entwash across the Anduin. The area itself however cannot be explored.

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