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Ossiriand (Sindarin IPA: [osˈsirjand]) was a region of the eastern Beleriand.

Ossiriand, or Land of Seven Rivers, was the most eastern region of Beleriand during the First Age, lying between the Blue Mountains and the river Gelion. Along the northern shore of the Ascar ran the Dwarf-Road to Nogrod.

The Seven Rivers were, from north to south:

  1. River Gelion
  2. River Ascar or Rathlóriel
  3. River Thalos
  4. River Legolin
  5. River Brilthor
  6. River Duilwen
  7. River Adurant

History Edit

Ossiriand was a green and forested land, and it was not populated by the Sindar. In the early First Age before the rise of the Moon, a part of the Telerin elven people called Nandor entered Ossiriand under their leader King Denethor, and were given permission by Thingol to settle the lands.

After them the land was often renamed Lindon, for The Singers, after the old clan-name of the Telerin which the Nandor still used in their tongue. They became known as the Laiquendi, or Green-Elves.

After their leader Denethor was killed in an orc-raid they chose no more leaders, and many of them removed to Doriath.

North of Ossiriand lay the land of Thargelion, and south of the river Adurant later lay the Land of the Dead that Live, where Lúthien and Beren lived their second lives.

Ossiriand was the only part of Beleriand that survived the War of Wrath, but Belegaer the Great Sea broke through the mountain chain at the former riverbed of Ascar, creating the Gulf of Lhûn. In the Second Age and Third Age the former lands of Ossiriand and Thargelion were known as Lindon, where Gil-galad the High King ruled.


Elven Realms of Middle-earth throughout the Ages
Years of the Trees Cuiviénen | Eglador | Havens of the Falas
First Age Doriath | Dorthonion | Gondolin | Havens of Sirion | Havens of the Falas | Himlad & Pass of Aglon | Hithlum | Maglor's Gap | March of Maedhros | Nargothrond | Nevrast | Ossiriand | Pass of Sirion | Thargelion
Second Age Eregion | Greenwood the Great | Lindon | Rivendell
Third Age Lindon | Lothlórien | Northern Mirkwood | Rivendell
Fourth Age Lindon | Lothlórien & East Lórien | Rivendell | Wood of Greenleaves


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