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Greatest River of the western parts of Middle-Earth From Its source in the Ered Mithrin the Anduin flowed southwards for hundreds of miles between the Misty Mountains to the west and Mirkwood Forest on the east. Beyond the forest and the mountains it cut through the Brown Lands, where is was wide and shallow. Further south, in the Emyn Muil, it rushed through the mighty Gates of Argonath and then pooled in the lake of Nen Hithoel. From the lake, the river plunged violently over the falls of Rauros into the swampy wetlands of Nindalf. There, fed by the Mouths of the Entwash, the Anduin became an even greater river as it swung southeast towards North Ithilien. In Ithilien it turned south again, flowing through the narrow land between the White Mountains and the Ephel Dúath, making a wide loop as it skirted Minas Tirith and the Fields of Pelennor. Beyond the mountains, the river swung in a wide curve, falling past the port of Pelargir and finally reaching the Great Sea.

It was into the Anduin, near the Gladden Fields, that the One Ring became Isildurīs Bane. For it was there that it slipped from his finger as he swam to escape a force of orcs that had waylaid him in his journey north. The River held the prize for centuries until Deagol found it in the muddy bottom of a deep pool along the river.

Pipe-weed, originally brought from Nûmenor, was first grown in Middle-Earth in the vales of the lower Anduin.

Called the Great River, Anduin the Great, and the River of Gondor.

REF: [MAP] ; [PRO]1-21,22 ; 2-28 ; [I]2-77 ; [II]2-301 ; 9 ; [III]1-19 [V]1-22,38


Abbreviations:
b. = born     d. = died     F.A = Fourth Age     fl. = flourished
T.A. = Third Age     WoR = War of the Ring     S. = Sindarin     C.S. = Common Speech



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