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Location
To the north of Rivendell, beyond the River Hoarwell
Race
Meaning
'etten-' comes from Old English eoten, meaning 'giant'1
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  • Updated 4 March 2007
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Ettenmoors

The empty moors north of Rivendell

The wild, untamed lands that lay north of Rivendell. It was here that the Witch-king fled after his defeat in the Battle of Fornost.


Notes

1

Eoten is related to the word ent, with the same meaning, and in fact early drafts of The Lord of the Rings refer to this region by names such as 'Entish Lands'. This apparent connection with the Ents, however, is purely a linguistic curiosity, and there is no suggestion that Treebeard or any of his kind ever strayed into this region. The connection with Giants, though, is interesting, and it may be that this land was originally a home to that race. If there ever were Giants in these moors, though, they had apparently left by the later Third Age: at that time, the Ettenmoors are exclusively associated with Trolls.

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