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|Location||In the Vales of Anduin at the confluence of the Anduin and the Gladden rivers|
|Other names||(Sindarin) Loeg Ningloron|
|Events||Disaster of the Gladden Fields|
The Gladden Fields (Sindarin Loeg Ningloron) was, at the end of the Third Age, a large marsh on the west side of the Anduin that extended along either side of its tributary, the Gladden River (Sîr Ninglor), south of the Carrock.
In ancient times a lake had formed at their meeting-place, but by the beginning of the Third Age the lake had been replaced by a wilderness of marshes and islets filled with reeds, rushes, and vast clumps of yellow irises grown taller than a man that grew there in hosts.
In the First Age when the Silvan Elves first entered the Vales of Anduin, they found a lake in the deep depression where the Anduin and Gladden met. Although wider to the west, the lake probably did reach the sloping edge of Greenwood the Great . After many years the lake filled with sediment and became a marsh.
In T.A. 2 near this place, on a slope east of the Anduin, Isildur and his three oldest sons were ambushed by Orcs when they marched back towards Arnor. Isildur's sons were killed in that battle, while he attempted to escape using the power of invisibility of the One Ring. He ran to the Anduin and tried to cross it. Due to the current he was swept downstream until he reached the western bank near the inflow of the river Gladden. But the Ring had slipped from Isildur's finger and when he stood up he was seen by Orcs, who laid there to kill any survivors of the ambush, and was slain by their arrows.
During the height of Angmar, after 1356, some Stoors from the Angle of Eriador passed again the Mountains and probably about 1410 a band resettled in the Gladden Fields and formed a matriarchic society. It was here, about 2463, that the hobbit Déagol retrieved the One Ring from the Gladden and he was killed by his cousin Sméagol, who became the evil creature called Gollum.
Borondir, the messenger of Gondor sent by the Steward Cirion in 2510 to seek aid from the Éothéod (who by then had migrated farther up the Anduin valley), was pursued as he rode north as far as the Gladden Fields.
In T.A. 2851, after a meeting of the White Council, Saruman began searching near the Gladden Fields for the One Ring. He became alarmed to discover that Sauron's servants were also searching the region.
From Old English glaedene, "gladden" is another name for the "flag" or "iris". Tolkien identified the "gladden" as the yellow species iris pseudacorus growing in streams and marshes, and not the species now usually spelt gladdon.
Tolkien suggested to translators to avoid if possible the 'learned' name iris.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 13
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", (i) The Northmen and the Wainriders
- ↑ Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth p. 164
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", (ii) The Ride of Eorl
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 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, p. 771
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297, (dated August 1967)