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The eastern end of the area (towards Hoarwell) was described as being bare and stony, whereas the western end (towards the South-Downs) appeared to be more broken and full of bushy thickets.
Among other features, the Lone-lands contained the Weather Hills and Weathertop, and in the hilly portion of the area were many abandoned castles of Rhudaur, which, according to some, gave it a "wicked" look. Also, roads were considerably worse in the Lone-lands than in the Shire, and by the conclusion of the Third Age, very few resided here.
The Lone-lands and Eriador Edit
Whether the Lone-lands and Eriador are synonymous with each other is unknown; although etymologies given for Eriador certainly suggests that this may be the case.
Both of the instances of "Lone-lands" in The Hobbit were not added until the 1966 edition, well after the introduction of the word "Eriador" in Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. Seeing as the latter was spoken by Aragorn, who would have known the Sindarin name, and the former by Bilbo, who would not have known the "foreign" name at the time, it is not unlikely that they refer to the same region.
Portrayal in adaptations Edit
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth Edit
"Lone-lands" is a name given to an area south of Weathertop.
The Hobbit (2003 video game) Edit
The game's soundtrack also contains a piece called "Combat in the Lone-lands," which is played as Bilbo journeys to the campfire of the Trolls.
The Lord of the Rings Online Edit
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton" (Second edition)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in The Lord of the Rings" in Parma Eldalamberon (ed. Christopher Gilson), vol. 17, July 2007, p. 28
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond, Douglas Anderson, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography, "A: Books by J.R.R. Tolkien", pp. 30-31
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"
- ↑ Fredrik Ström, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), "Letters to VT", Vinyar Tengwar, vol. 42, July 2001, p. 4
- ↑ The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Roast Mutton"