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The flatlands of eastern Lebennin, south and west of Minas Tirith
'Steep-sided flat valley'1


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A minor valley of eastern Gondor

A valley in the White Mountains that lay to the south and west of Minas Tirith, on the road to Lossarnach. Tumladen is not marked on any map, but its description must place it very close to Minas Tirith, most likely within a few dozen miles of the city. This lesser valley of Gondor is not to be confused with the earlier and more important vale of the same name, where Gondolin lay among the Encircling Mountains.



The name Tumladen is a borrowing from the legends of the First Age, where it was given to the mountain-ringed hidden valley in which Gondolin stood. Its literal meaning of a flat valley with steep sides seems less directly applicable to the flatlands of Lebennin, but presumably the 'steep sides' here referred to the White Mountains rearing out of the plains to the north.

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