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Background information
Type Elven Realm
Location West of the Misty Mountains between the river Greyflood and Dunland[1]
Capital Ost-in-Edhil
Founded/Built SA 700
Ruler Celeborn, Galadriel (early), Celebrimbor
Other Information
Summary Known for being the place where the three Elven Rings of Power were forged and the pleasantness of its scenery in later days.
Other names Hollin
Inhabitants mostly Ñoldor-elves
Spoken languages Sindarin
Lifespan SA 700 - SA 1697

Eregion or Hollin was a realm of the Ñoldor-elves during the Second Age, located near the West Gate of Moria. Rare for an Elven Kingdom, relations with the Dwarves were cordial and both sides traded freely.

Map - Eregion

Map of Eregion from The Lord of the Rings Online.


Second AgeEdit

Eregion was, from SA 750, ruled by Galadriel and Celeborn from its capital of Ost-in-Edhil. After SA 1350, they crossed the Misty Mountains to Lothlórien, their new kingdom.

From SA 1350, the Gwaith-i-Mírdain under Celebrimbor, the last of the House of Fëanor left in Middle-earth, ruled Eregion. Annatar, the Giver of Gifts, befriended Celebrimbor and aiding him in the making of the Nine and the Seven of the Rings of Power. Celebrimbor made the three in secret and these were never touched by Annatar's hands.

When Annatar was later revealed to be the Dark Lord Sauron, Celebrimbor and his people tried to stop the Rings from entering Sauron's possession but could only rescue the Three: Vilya, Narya, and Nenya. Eregion itself was attacked and destroyed in the War of the Elves and Sauron in the year SA 1697. The few survivors of the war found refuge in either Lindon or Lothlórien, while others led by Elrond founded Rivendell.

Third AgeEdit

In the Third Age, by the time that the Fellowship of the Ring reached Khazad-dûm, the land was pleasant but unpopulated. Only the scattered ruins of Elven cities and the few remaining holly trees indicated its former glory.


Eregion was a Sindarin word that meant 'Land of Holly'.[2][3]

Eregion should not be pronounced as in English region: the g is the g in get. The pronunciation is [eˈreɡjon]. Both Eregion and Hollin refer to the great holly trees of the region.


Looking southwest from Hollin Ridge in Eregion (The Lord of the Rings Online)

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Elven Realms of Middle-earth throughout the Ages
Years of the Trees Cuiviénen | Eglador | Havens of the Falas
First Age Doriath | Dorthonion | Gondolin | Havens of Sirion | Havens of the Falas | Himlad & Pass of Aglon | Hithlum | Maglor's Gap | March of Maedhros | Nargothrond | Nevrast | Ossiriand | Pass of Sirion | Thargelion
Second Age Eregion | Greenwood the Great | Lindon | Rivendell
Third Age Lindon | Lothlórien | Northern Mirkwood | Rivendell
Fourth Age Lindon | Lothlórien & East Lórien | Rivendell | Wood of Greenleaves


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The Misty Mountains"
  2. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  3. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names

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