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Edge of the Wild

The limit of the civilized lands

"Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go."
Words of Gandalf
From The Hobbit 7,
Queer Lodgings

A boundary that marked the end of relatively civilized lands to the west, and the beginnings of untamed and dangerous parts of Middle-earth to the east. The Edge itself was remarkably well defined1: it formed an exact line running north to south through Middle-earth. It ran a little to the west of the Misty Mountains, so that a fringe of land that included Rivendell (the Last Homely House) lay on the Wild side of the boundary. The Misty Mountains themselves, as well as Mirkwood and the wide lands of Rhovanion, all lay eastward beyond the Edge of the Wild.



At least, in the map of Wilderland that accompanies The Hobbit, the Edge is shown as a perfectly straight vertical line, presumably referring to a line of longitude.

See also...

First Homely House

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