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Eregion
Eregion
Background Information
Type Elven Realm
Location West of the Misty Mountains between the river Greyflood and Dunland[1]
Realms
Capital Ost-in-Edhil
Founded/Built SA 750[2][3]
Ruler Celeborn and Galadriel, Celebrimbor (previously)
Other Information
Summary Place where the three Elven Rings of Power were forged
Other names Hollin
Inhabitants Ñoldorin Elves
Spoken Languages Sindarin
Lifespan SA 750 - SA 1697[2][3]

Eregion, also called Hollin, was a realm of the Ñoldorin Elves during the Second Age, located near the West Gate of Moria. It was a rare Elven Kingdom, for the relations with the Dwarves were cordial and both sides traded freely.[4][5]

HistoryEdit

Second AgeEdit

Map - Eregion

Map of Eregion from The Lord of the Rings Online.

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.[4][6] Celebrimbor made the three in secret and these were never touched by Annatar's hands.[7]

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.[4]

Third AgeEdit

HollinRidge

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

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.[8]

EtymologyEdit

In Sindarin, Eregion means "Land of the Holly", deriving from ereg ("holly"). The Men simply called it Hollin.[9][10]

Eregion should not be pronounced as in English region: the g is the g in get. The pronunciation is [eˈreɡjon].


ReferencesEdit

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The Misty Mountains"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VI: "The Tale of Years of the Second Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV: "A Journey in the Dark"
  6. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter II: "The Shadow of the Past"
  7. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  8. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter III: "The Ring goes South"
  9. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  10. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names

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