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Field of Cormallen

The Field of Cormallen was a tree-lined field in North Ithilien, near the bank of the Anduin near Cair Andros and Henneth Annûn.[1]

It is told that the tree culumalda, having yellow flowers, was especially abundant in Cormallen[2]

[edit] History

After returning from the Battle of the Morannon in April T.A. 3019, Aragorn set up his camp on the Field of Cormallen. There, he received Frodo and Sam after their rescue from the wreckage of Mount Doom. On 8 April the Ringbearers were greeted by many friends, and were praised in the celebration of the victory in the War of the Ring.[3][1][2]

[edit] Etymology

The name Cormallen is Sindarin and means "golden circle" (from cor, "ring" and mallen "gold"). Apparently the name derived from the tree culumalda.[2][4]

The Gondorians likely used the name Cormalthen as in Gondor Sindarin compounds retained the spirant. The spelling Cormallen follows the "proper" Elvish Sindarin, malt ("gold") and ending -en became *mallen, however in Gondor this remained malthen.[5][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 625-6
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names" (entry for al-)
  4. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor, pages 5-31, esp. 27
  5. Carl F. Hostetter, "The Two Phonetic Values of ll in Elvish Sindarin in The Lord of the Rings" dated 7 December 2003, Tengwestië (accessed 28 November 2021)