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Location
The land of Nurn, the southerly lowland region of Mordor
Source
Fed by four rivers flowing from sources in the mountains surrounding Mordor
Pronunciation
Núrnen is pronounced 'noo'rnen'
Meaning
Núrnen means 'sad water'1
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Lake Núrnen

Mordor’s inland sea

Map of Lake Núrnen

A vast lake or inland sea that lay in the southern central regions of Mordor, fed by four rivers that ran down from the mountain ranges surrounding the Dark Land. Around the shores of the lake were Sauron's slave-farms, where provisions for his vast armies were produced. After Sauron's defeat in the War of the Ring, the newly crowned King Elessar released the slaves that worked those farms, and granted them the land around Lake Núrnen as their own.


Notes

1

Lake Núrnen lay within the region named Nurn (or 'sad') and the linguistic connection of the two names can hardly be coincidental. In archaic English 'sad' could mean 'dark' (and indeed the waters of Núrnen are described as dark in colour), so this is one possible source of the name. Alternatively, modern 'sad' derives from Old English sæd, 'weary', and possibly relates to the slaves of Mordor forced to labour in the lands about the lake.

See also...

Sea of Núrnen

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