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Long Lake

Location of the Long Lake

The Long Lake was an oval-shaped lake situated at the confluence of the Forest River and the northern reaches of the River Running south of the Lonely Mountain.

The lake was about twenty miles from north to south, and about five miles from east to west.[1][2]


Long Lake by Jeremiah Humphries

An artist depiction of the Long Lake

The town of Laketown, referring to this lake, was (twice) built entirely upon the lake itself, which thus formed a natural moat.[3] After Smaug's demise, his dying body fell into the lake with a mighty crash.[4] Smaug's remains could be seen sticking out of the water from the shore of the lake, but people feared them and treasure-hunters did not dare approach the carcass.[4]

Lakes of Arda

Bywater pool | Forbidden Pool | Gollum's lake | Great Lake | Kheled-zâram (Mirrormere) | Lake Evendim | Lake Helevorn | Lake Mithrim | Linaewen | Long Lake | Lórellin | Nen Hithoel | Nísinen | Tarn Aeluin


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "Wilderland"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Hobbit, "Lake-town"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Hobbit, Chapter XIV: "Fire And Water"

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