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Gap of Rohan
Background Information
Type Region
Location Between Misty Mountains and White Mountains
Other Information
Other names Gap of Calenardhon
Spoken Languages

The Gap of Rohan is the opening between the mountain ranges of the Misty Mountains and the White Mountains.[1]


Through the Gap of Rohan flowed the rivers Isen and Adorn, which formed the effective boundary of the Kingdom of Rohan. Rohan was formerly known as Calenardhon, and thus the Gap was then known as the Gap of Calenardhon. The triangle between the Isen and Adorn rivers and the White Mountains was a contested area between the Rohirrim and the Dunlendings.

The ancient Great Road which connected the realms of Gondor and Arnor of old ran through the Gap, crossing the Isen at the Fords of Isen.

Access to the Gap was controlled by the fortress of Angrenost, or Isengard, which in the later Third Age was controlled by Saruman.

During the War of the Ring, the Fellowship of the Ring chose not to travel through the gap because they had learned Saruman was in league with Sauron, and instead passed through Moria, much to the frustration of Boromir, who had proposed that turning back towards the gap would be the best option after witnessing Moria's destruction.

The Rohirrim fought a number of battles against the Dunlendings and the orcs of Saruman in the gap, during one of which Prince Théodred, son of Théoden, was mortally wounded.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Video gamesEdit


The Gap of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings Online.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Desfiladeiro de Rohan
German Pforte von Rohan
Chinese (Hong Kong) 洛汗之隘
Hungarian Rohan Kapuja


Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:


Dunland | Ithilien | Rohan | Arnor | Ettenmoors | Gondor | Lindon | Minhiriath | Rhûn | The Shire | Mordor | Harad | Forochel

Forests & Mountains:

Amon Dîn | Amon Hen | Amon Lhaw | Emyn Muil | Erebor | Fangorn Forest | High Pass | Iron Hills | Lórien | Mirkwood | Mount Doom | Old Forest | Redhorn Pass | Tower Hills | Weather Hills


Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Helm's Deep | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno


Cair Andros | Gap of Rohan | Grey Havens | Buckland | Enedwaith | Dagorlad | Dead Marshes | Fords of Isen | Weathertop | Argonath

The rest of Arda:

Valinor | Númenor | Dark Land | Aman | Tol Eressëa


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "Wilderland"

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