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Matěj Čadil - Ethring.jpg
Physical Description
LocationHead of the Ringló Vale
Reunited Kingdom
General Information
EventsPassing of the Grey Company

Ethring was a bridge[note 1] in Southern Gondor.

[edit] History

Ethring was a major crossing point of the river Ringló, along the main road from Erech to Pelargir.[1] Aragorn and the Oathbreakers crossed the river here during the War of the Ring.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name Ethring perhaps comes from ath meaning "across" (cf. athrad "ford, crossing"). Ring translates to "cold" (cf. Ringló river, to which it probably refers).[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2014: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Ethring was the only settlement in the Ringló Vale. During the War of the Ring, it was ruled by "Lord Borhador", who dwelt in the Crossing-Hall. Due to Borhador's old age, his son Dervorin led the soldiers of the Vale to Minas Tirith in his stead, and his other son "Arvaethor" assisted in protecting the Vale.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. The symbol used on the Map of Gondor suggests Ethring was only a bridge; there is no sign of a nearby town or settlement.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"