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Dates
Probably founded at the time of the Great Journey during the Years of the Trees, though this is uncertain; the name Lórinand fell out of use by the later Third Age1
Location
On the banks of the river Celebrant, to the southeast of Khazad-dûm
Race
Division
Culture
Settlements
Outflow
Celebrant ran into Anduin at the place called the Angle, at the southeastern edge of Lórinand
Pronunciation
loh'rinand
Meaning
Other names

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Lórinand

An old name for the land of Lórien

One of the many old names for the land usually called Lórien; its meaning is apparently 'Valley of Gold'.


Notes

1

The precise point where the name Lórinand fell out of use is unclear. Our last definite use of the term is in the middle of the Second Age, after the fall of Eregion and the founding of Imladris in II 1697. It may have continued in use for some time after this, perhaps even until the settlement of Galadriel in the land after III 1980 (that is, nearly four thousand years later).

2

Several of the older terms for Lórien translate as names like 'Valley of Gold' or 'Golden Wood'. It would be natural to make a connection to the golden mallorn trees for which the land was famous, but this cannot be the case. The mellyrn were brought there by Galadriel, and would not have existed during the Second Age. It is therefore conceivable that the name Lórinand was not actually used at the time, but was applied retrospectively by those familiar with the golden trees of later years.

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