The Fords of Isen were fords in the river Isen, guarded by the Rohirrim in Middle-earth. The Fords of Isen were important because they were the only crossing of the Isen into Rohan.

It was located in the Gap of Rohan at the border of Rohan and the road leading to Isengard nearly fifty miles away.[1]


It was here where the Nine (see: Ringwraith, or Nazgûl) were said to have crossed the river Isen on midsummers eve by Saruman to Gandalf upon his visit to Orthanc. The Fords of Isen had two battles in the War of the Ring that were fought between Orcs and the Rohirrim. It was in this fords where Theodred was killed during the First Battle of the Fords of Isen. Near the Fords of Isen was where the Rohirrim met with the Grey Company.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 艾辛河渡口
Finnish Rautkymin kahlaamot
Hungarian Vasudvard Gázlója
Italian Guadi dell'Isen
Norwegian Jarnavad
Portuguese (Brazil) Vaus do Isen

See AlsoEdit

Fords of Middle-earth

Arossiach | Budge ford | Ethring | Entwade | Bruinen | Isen | Old Ford | Sarn Athrad | Sarn Ford


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth pgs. 81 & 88