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Welcome to The Encyclopedia of Arda

The Encyclopedia of Arda is a personal project - a tribute to and a celebration of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The site is evolving into an illustrated hypertext encyclopedia of Tolkien's realms and peoples. It already contains about four thousand entries, and we're constantly adding new entries and expanding existing ones.

Inside the encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of Arda contains thousands of articles covering topics from J.R.R. Tolkien's world, some brief, some lengthy and some containing detailed essays and discussions.

You'll also find a selection of interactive tools, including a chronicle to help you explore Tolkien's fictional history, and calendar to translate dates and events, a lexicon of names, a glossary of old and rare words, and much more.

Context and approach

The content of the Encyclopedia is written in the same context as Tolkien himself used; he presented himself simply as a translator, rather than originator of the tales. Hence, we try to describe his world from a 'historical' rather than a literary perspective, though sometimes it's useful to explore ideas in their wider context. Where relevant, therefore, you'll also find a few references to Tolkien's life or opinions, or to real historical or mythological parallels to events in his universe.

About the name Arda

Arda was the name given by the Elves to their World and all it contained, and so 'Encyclopedia of Arda' seemed a peculiarly apt title for this project.

Special thanks

Thanks to all those who've e-mailed us over the years with their suggestions, corrections, ideas and just general support.

But the real Special Thanks, though, belong to the memory of J.R.R. Tolkien for his extraordinary and unparalleled creation.

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

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Lord of Ladros in the First Age

The son of Boron of the House of Bëor, and thus a great-grandson of Bëor the Old, one of the first generation of Men to cross into Beleriand. Boromir was granted the lordship of the land of Ladros, a highland country to the east of Dorthonion. We have no detailed history of his life there, but it is known that he ruled during the time known as the Long Peace, when Morgoth and his armies were contained by the Siege of Angband. He was succeeded by his son Bregor.

Boromir of Ladros was the first of Men to bear that name, but by no means the last. A short-lived Steward Boromir ruled Gondor during the twenty-fifth century of the Third Age and, rather more famously, Boromir of the Company of the Ring also took his name from this immensely distant ancestor.

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