Tumladen (Gondor)

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This article is about the valley in Gondor. For the valley of Gondolin, see Tumladen.

Tumladen was a valley in southern Gondor between the rivers Celos and Sirith[1][2] in the east of the fief of Lebennin.[3]

A road went from Pelennor to the vales of Tumladen and Lossarnach, the mountain-villages, and then to Lebennin. During the War of the Ring, Tumladen was made a refuge for some of the women, children, and elderly who were evacuated from Minas Tirith.[4]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Tumladen is a Sindarin name.[3][5] It means "a flat valley with steep sides"[3] or "Wide Valley"[6]. Paul Strack suggests that it is a compound of tum ("valley")[7] and laden ("flat", "wide")[8].[5]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Tumladen was located in Upper Lebennin in Eastern Gondor. The river Sirith flowed through it. "Imladir" was the Captain of the Guard of Tumladen, but in the days before the Battle of the Pelennor Fields the "Lady Terenis", sister of Steward Denethor, dwelt in Tumladen and held the true power in the valley.


  1. "Tolkien’s annotated map of Middle-earth transcribed" dated 10 November 2015, The Tolkien Society (accessed 11 November 2015)
  2. Pauline Baynes, A Map of Middle-earth
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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 Tumladen, p. 521
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith", p. 764
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paul Strack, "S. Tumladen loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 29 June 2022)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", entry Tumladen
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry tum
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XVI. Galadriel and Celeborn", footnote 2, p. 351