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|Etymology||Land of Holly|
|Head of State||Celeborn and Galadriel, Celebrimbor|
|Location||West of the Misty Mountains, near the Gates of Moria|
|Populace||Mostly Noldorin Elves|
|Formed from||The friendship of the Noldor and the Dwarves of Moria|
Eregion (S, pron. [eˈreɡjon]) or Hollin was a sub-realm of the Noldorin Elves in Eriador during the Second Age, located near the Walls of Moria under the shadow of the Hithaeglir (Misty Mountains). Its capital was Ost-in-Edhil.
Eregion was populated by Noldor, and for a while ruled by Galadriel and Celeborn, until they left for Lothlórien on the other side of the Misty Mountains. It was then ruled by Celebrimbor, a descendant of Fëanor. Under his rule the Elves of Eregion became friends with Annatar, Lord of Gifts, and created the Rings of Power. When Annatar was revealed as the Dark Lord Sauron the Elves of Eregion tried to keep the Rings from falling in Sauron's hands, but only managed to rescue Vilya, Narya, and Nenya (the Three Rings of the Elves). Sauron returned to Hollin with a vengeance in 1697, and despite the assistance of the Dwarves, he utterly destroyed it, the survivors fleeing to Lindon, Lothlórien, and the refuge of Imladris (Rivendell).
In the Third Age, Eregion was a pleasant but unpopulated land.
Hollin (from hollin-land) is an old form, still used locally, of "holly"; the region abounded in holly-trees.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", ereg
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 772