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General Information
Other namesWetwang
LocationSouth of Emyn Muil, east of Anduin
DescriptionA large trackless fen

Nindalf, or Wetwang in Westron, was a swampy land of pathless fen beneath the Emyn Muil.[1]

As the great inland delta of the Entwash fed Anduin from the west, and Anduin divided into many channels, marshlands were formed to the east of the Great River, south of the Emyn Muil. The Dead Marshes lay further east and may have been an extension of Wetwang.[2]

On 16 February T.A. 3019[3] Celeborn warned the Fellowship of the Ring against becoming lost in the region, recommending instead that those heading to Minas Tirith leave the river above the Falls of Rauros.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name is Sindarin, consisting of nîn ("wet") and talf ("flat field").[4][5]

Wetwang' is the Westron translation. The archaic meaning of wang means "field, flat area".[5]

Wetwang is a real-life place-name in Yorkshire.[5]

[edit] See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 52
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 779