The Lone-lands was an area of Middle-earth which was either located in the region of Eriador, or was synonymous with it.

History Edit

The Lone-lands was a name used by Hobbits, and possibly the Men of Bree, for the wilderness found east of Bree.

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.[1] 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.[2] 

Both of the instances of "Lone-lands" in The Hobbit were not added until the 1966 edition,[3] well after the introduction of the word "Eriador" in Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.[4] 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.[5]

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

When Thorin and Company travel from Hobbiton to the Trollshaws,[6] the narrator mentions the "Lone-lands".

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.

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Map of the Lone-lands from The Lord of the Rings Online.

The Lord of the Rings Online Edit

The name "Lone-lands" refers explicitly to the region between Bree-land and the Trollshaws. The Forsaken Inn in the far west, and the Last Bridge at the far east are the region's boundaries.

References Edit

  1. J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit, "Roast Mutton" (Second edition)
  2. 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
  3. Wayne G. Hammond, Douglas AndersonJ.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography, "A: Books by J.R.R. Tolkien", pp. 30-31
  4. J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the RingsThe Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"
  5. Fredrik Ström, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), "Letters to VT", Vinyar Tengwar, vol. 42, July 2001, p. 4
  6. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Roast Mutton"