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This page is about Isengard and its environs BEFORE the Battle of the Hornburg. For Isengard AFTER the Battle of the Hornburg, see Isengard (disambiguation)
Areas-icon.png Isengard
Region: Nan Curunír
Interior(s): Isengard Depths
Landmark(s): Blackmarch Fort
Fang-rider's Warren
Piller of the White Hand
Quickbeam's Grove
Tower of Orthanc
Settlement(s): Isengard
The valley of Nan Curunír, with the fortress of Isengard and the Tower of Orthanc


Known as "Angrenost" to the Elves, and Isengard in the language of the Rohirrim, this is an impenetrable fortress ringed by rock.

Built by Elendil and his sons to guard their western border at the Gap of Rohan, Isengard was maintained by them until its control was ceded to Saruman in T.A. 2758.

More than two centuries before the War of the Ring, the Wizard Saruman came to Steward Beren in Minas Tirith, and proposed that he should be granted Isengard as a dwelling-place. Seeing advantage in having such a powerful ally guarding the Gap of Rohan, Beren agreed, and granted Saruman the Key of Orthanc.

From that time on, the valley where Isengard stood became known as Nan Curunír, which literally translates as the 'valley of Saruman'.

Curunír was the Elvish equivalent of Saruman's name, but when rendered into the Common Speech, Nan Curunír is known simply as 'the Wizard's Vale.'

The valley of Nan Curunír is nestled in the southern feet of the Misty Mountains by the Gap of Rohan.

It is here that Saruman plots his war against Rohan and treachery against the White Council, desiring the One Ring himself.


  • Built in S.A. 3320 or shortly thereafter
  • Held by the Dunlendings from T.A. 2710 to T.A. 2759
  • Held by Saruman from T.A. 2759 to T.A. 3019
  • Outer facilities destroyed by the Ents on 3 March T.A. 3019. The tower itself, known as Orthanc, withstood the assault, the Ents unable to break its impregnable walls, and Saruman was trapped within as the Ents laid siege.
Isengard, before all the trees were chopped down.
Isengard interior
The Tower of Orthanc
Saruman atop Orthanc


The following creatures are found within this area:

For others, see Category:Nan Curunír Creatures

Isengard Surface

Interior Location

Various quests take place in the interior of Isengard, referred to as the Isengard Depths.

The Dunlending, Bron, [80.1S, 16.8W] is located in Galtrev and will offer you the quest beginning at level 70.

A portion of the Epic Quest Line takes place in the Depths of Isengard:


Nan Curunír

The valley of Nan Curunír
Nan Curunír T7 Artifacts


The Ring of Isengard
Isengard T8 Artifacts

Isengard Depths

Isengard Depths

Isengard (after)

Isengard after the Battle of the Hornburg


With the release of Update 13: The Breaking of Isengard, there are two unique visions of Isengard presented to the player.
  • Isengard Before the Battle of the Hornburg.
  • Isengard After the Battle of the Hornburg.
The events which take place with the Breaking of Isengard take place concurrently with the Battle of the Hornburg at the end of Book II -- The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers.
The Game Mechanics of LOTRO allow the player possessing the two appropriate expansions (Update 4, the Rise of Isengard Expansion and Update 12, the Helm's Deep Expansion) to simply and easily move between the two locations depicting the two events.
  • Note that Chickens with the appropriate expansions can access these way-points!
Waypoint headed east

Before the Battle of the Hornburg

Access to West Rohan requires Update 12, the Helm's Deep Expansion.
Near the Rohirrim Soldier, [88.1S, 2.1W], he says:
"Approach the gate to reach the lands to the East."
"Approach the gate and I will open it for you."

After the Battle of the Hornburg

Access to the Gap of Rohan requires Update 4, the Rise of Isengard Expansion.
Waypoint headed west
  • From from Westfold and The Fords of Isen After the battle of March 2 when Saruman's army overwhelmed the Rohirrim --
Cross the ford and ride toward Grimbold's Camp, turn west, toward River Watch (to the left) and a fallen tree -- This takes you to the Gap of Rohan outside Grimbold's Camp.
Near the Rohirrim Soldier, [54.5S, 91.2W], he says:
"You must climb over this fallen tree to go further west."

Land Connections

Nan Curunír

The Stonedeans lie beyond this pass from the FLooded Isengard
Approximate arrival area: [46.4S, 81.9W] -- on the path behind the Mead Hall of Woodhurst.

Returning takes you to Entwood.


The pass between the Stonedeans and the Entwood
The pass between the Broadacres and the Entwood