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Dates
Founded in or about II 3320; largely deserted by III 2901, but reoccupied during the Fourth Age
Location
The southward 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 northern extent of this region
Source
Morgulduin and Poros flowed out of the Ephel Dúath, bordering this region to the north and south
Outflow
Both rivers 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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South Ithilien

The lands southward from the Emyn Arnen

The southern lands of Ithilien, from the hills of Emyn Arnen in the north to the River Poros in the south.


Notes

1

The border that separated North and South Ithilien is not formally defined, but it most likely followed the course of the stream known as Morgulduin (which would have had a different name at the time Ithilien was established). We know for sure that the hills of Emyn Arnen fell within South Ithilien, so it must have extended approximately as far northward as Osgiliath and Minas Ithil (later Minas Morgul) making the stream a suitable natural border dividing North and South Ithilien from one another.

The southern border of South Ithilien is more clearly delineated. It was formed by the river Poros, beyond which lay the wilder lands of Harondor or South Gondor.

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