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A range of hills branching westward from the Misty Mountains, about one hundred miles north of Rivendell
Particularly associated with Trolls
A 'fell' is a moorland hill
Other names


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An upland region north of Rivendell

Map of the Coldfells

A hilly region in which Aragorn's grandfather Arador was captured and slain by hill-trolls. Their geography is uncertain (all that is known for sure is that they lay to the north of Rivendell) but circumstantial evidence suggests that they were probably synonymous with the region known as the Ettenmoors. This is based on a description of the Ettenmoors in The Fellowship of the Ring I 12, where they're described as 'the troll-fells north of Rivendell' - it seems rather unlikely that there were two separate sets of troll-infested moorland in this area.

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