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Tarlang's Neck

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Tarlang's Neck the long, mountainous spur of the southern White Mountains, between the sources of the Blackroot and Ciril rivers. It thrust out between the Blackroot Vale to the west and the land of Lamedon to the east, joining the main range to three peaks.

This ridge was climbed by a pass which joined Erech and Lamedon.


Tarlang was the original name of this ridge, but it was later taken as a personal name.[1]

A local legend among the indigenous people of Gondor told of giants and one of them called Stiff-neck who tripped and broke his neck. The other giants did not clean up his body, which became incorporated in the land instead. The giant's neck became Tarlang's Neck, his head Dol Tarlang, and the stones he was carrying Cûl Veleg and Cûl Bîn.[2]

Tarlang's Neck formed part of the route by which Aragorn led the Army of the Dead on their journey to the relief of Minas Tirith in the War of the Ring.


  1. 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, pp. 776-7
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings, omitted entry quoted in Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page 536-7