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Dates
Founded II 1697
Maintained at least into the first centuries of the Fourth Age
Location
A hidden valley beneath the western Misty Mountains in Eriador
Origins
Founded by Elrond
Race
Pronunciation
i'mladris
Meaning
'ravine valley'1
Other names

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Imladris

The haven of Elrond

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The Elvish name for Elrond's refuge in the western glens of the Misty Mountains, known to Men as Rivendell.


Notes

1

Imlad is the Elvish word for a valley or dell, and ris in this context means 'ravine', though it comes from a root-word meaning 'cut', referring to the deep, narrow nature of the valley. Tolkien uses the more picturesque old word 'riven' in his English translation of the name, 'Rivendell'.

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