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Dates
Founded in or about II 3320; largely deserted by III 2901, but reoccupied during the Fourth Age
Location
The northward parts1 of Ithilien, a narrow land between the river Anduin in the west and the mountains of Ephel Dúath in the east
Race
Division
Culture
Settlements
Minas Ithil (later Minas Morgul) stood at the southern extent of this region
Source
At least two streams rose in the mountains to the east and flowed through North Ithilien, the unnamed stream that ran over Henneth Annûn, and the Morgulduin on the southern border
Outflow
Both known streams ran down into Anduin in the west
Pronunciation
Ithilien is pronounced 'ithi'lien'
Meaning
Ithilien means 'Land of the Moon' (associated with Isildur, whose name means 'Devoted to the Moon')

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North Ithilien

The northern lands of Gondor beyond the Anduin

Map of North Ithilien

The northern part of Ithilien between the Anduin and the Ephel Dúath was somewhat less extensive than its southern counterpart. The refuge of Henneth Annûn and the Field of Cormallen were to be found in this region.


Notes

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The boundary that separated North Ithilien from South Ithilien is not formally defined, but we do know for sure that the hills of Emyn Arnen were considered to belong to South Ithilien, so the border must have been northward of those hills. The obvious candidate would be the stream later called Morgulduin, alongside which ran the road from Osgiliath to Minas Ithil (later Minas Morgul). Not only would this form a clear natural boundary, but it would also place Isildur's fortress of Minas Ithil directly between the North and South regions of his land of Ithilien.

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