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Dates
Known as the Wold after the foundation of Rohan in III 2510
Location
The northeastern region of Rohan, between Fangorn Forest and Anduin, bounded to the north by the river Limlight
Race
Division
Culture
Outflow
Limlight flowed into Anduin at the northeastern border of the Wold
Pronunciation
wo'ld
Meaning
'Wild moor'1

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The Wold

The northern reaches of Rohan

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The northernmost and least populated part of Rohan, lying between Fangorn Forest and the River Anduin, and bounded to the north by the River Limlight.


Notes

1

In modern English the word 'wold' refers to an hilly region of wild, uncultivated land, and this seems to be the meaning intended by Tolkien for Rohan's Wold. Etymologically the word had a more general meaning, essentially 'wilderness', and that in turn seems to have derived from 'wild upland forest'. Its meaning has become inverted in this sense, and it now usually refers to unforested regions.

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