|Location||Emyn Arnen, South Ithilien|
|Description||Small grey-stone house and arbour on a hill-slope facing west.|
|People and History|
Two old servants
|Events||Discussion of the Dark Tree|
Pen-arduin was a small grey-stone house that was located atop the hills of Arnen, which was the region where his father, Beregond, had moved to after becoming the Captain of the White Company at the beginning of the Fourth Age. The house had a fenced arbour which lay slightly below it near the steep east bank of the Anduin. At the central point of Borlas's garden was a tree which Borlas called Neldor. Sometime during Borlas's life, Pen-arduin started being used in connection with his name: Borlas of Pen-arduin.
One day, when Borlas cought a youth named Saelon stealing an unripe apple from the orchard, he brought the boy inside Pen-arduin, explaining to him that stealing unripe fruit solely to play with before tossing it aside was "Orcs' work". While Saelon eventually grew out of petty thievery, he harbored thoughts of revenge and sometimes thought about cutting down all of the trees in Pen-arduin, but never went though with the thought.
Sometime during the year Fo.A. 220, Borlas was trimming a whistle of green willow with a sharp nail-knife at the arbour of Pen-arduin in the late afternoon. During which, Saelon came upon him and they began having a discussion about the nature of evil. Soon afterwards, Borlas talked rhetorically to his tree, Neldor, before deciding to go inside his house.
Other versions of the legendarium
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XVI. The New Shadow", note 14
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XVI. The New Shadow", pp. 411-2, 415, 418
- Paul Strack, "S. Pen-arduin m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 5 February 2022)
- David Salo (2004), A Gateway to Sindarin, p. 389
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The History of Middle-earth Index, entry "Pen-Arduin"