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Location
The border between Minhiriath to the north and Enedwaith to the south
Settlements
Source
The confluence of the Mitheithel and the Glanduin, above Tharbad
Tributaries
None
Outflow
Into the Great Sea at Lond Daer
Pronunciation
gwa'thloh
Meaning
'shadowy river from the fens [of Nîn-in-Eilph]'1
Other names

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River Gwathló

The Elves’ name for the Greyflood

Map of the River Gwathló

The river of western Middle-earth, also called the Greyflood, that divided the regions of Enedwaith and Minhiriath. It flowed southwestwards to meet the Great Sea at Lond Daer.


Notes

1

The 'shadowy' element comes from the time of the Gwathló's original naming in the Second Age, when it was overhung by deep forests on both sides, and thus shaded by tall trees. These forests were later felled, so that at the end of the Third Age, the once overshadowed river actually ran through an all-but treeless plain.

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