Withered Dale

From Tolkien Gateway

The Withered Dale was the name of the valley where Tevildo encountered Huan according to the early version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales.[1]


The Withered Dale was a wide valley that was shaped "like a bowl among the rocks". Nothing grew there except for withered grass and some low bushes with only a few leaves.[2]:48 The valley lay slightly less than a mile westwards of the halls of Tevildo.[2]:15-6 Tinúviel told Tevildo of Huan lying injured in the woods nearby. Tevildo's fell for Tinúviel's ruse and he followed her with two of his thanes, one of which was Oikeroi.[2]:41-5 It was here where Tevildo had encountered Huan, who was pretending to be wounded, lying in a bank of fern. Huan killed Oikeroi, the other thane fled, and Tevildo himself fled up a tall and smooth tree near the valley.[2]:27-8