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This page is about Anduin, the River running from north of Mirkwood to the sea in Gondor. For other uses, see Anduin (disambiguation)

The River Anduin

The Anduin, was the longest river in Middle-earth during the Third Age with a length of approximately 1,388 miles (or 2,234 kilometers).

The Sindarin name literally meaning "Long River", the Anduin is the river flowing along the eastern edge of Lothlórien separating it from Mirkwood.

The Anduin is commonly known as the Great River to most men, though the ancestors of the Rohirrim call it Langflood. It arises in the Wells of Langflood where the Langwell and Greylin rivers as well as several others including Wyrmsgráf River and the Rhimdath all meet at the foot of Framsburg. River's tributaries come from the western Grey and Misty Mountains, and later from the White Mountains. The Anduin flows through Rhovanion, from the Wells of Langflood, through the Vales of Anduin, Lothlórien and Mirkwood; and into East Rohan where it borders the Great River region, passing the Argonath and the Falls of Rauros. There it drops to the plane of Gondor and passes Far Anórien, the Dead Marshes, Osgiliath, Minas Tirith and Minas Morgul; and ultimately past Pelargir in Central Gondor where it passes into the Bay of Belfalas in Belegaer, the Great Sea.

Some parts of the Anduin may be traversed by swimming. In other areas the River is too dangerous to swim and one is likely to become defeated. This is especially true for the stretch separating Lothlórien and Mirkwood and the rapids of Sarn Gebir north of the Argonath.


Setting out in boats on the Anduin from Lothlórien the Company of the Ring travelled along the Great River during the Third Age, pursued by Gollum and the orcs of Isengard. Shortly before reaching Amon Hen Legolas brought down a Fell beast with the bow he was given when leaving Lothlórien. Later, upon reaching Amon Hen, the Fellowship is broken.

After passing through the Paths of the Dead, Aragorn captures the Corsair fleet at Pelargir, the great havens at the mouth of the Anduin. Then they take the ships to Osgiliath, from where they join the Battle of Pelennor Fields.

During the First Age, a stretch of land along the Great River was home to Entwives and their beautiful gardens. But this place of beauty was blasted by Sauron in the Second Age, and is now called the Brown Lands. The Great River is a divider; on the western bank is life, forests, tributaries and the like, while the east is wasteland, destroyed, rocky.

Course of the River


Anduin map Bodies of Water