Places in Middle-earth
Type: Rivers & Lakes
Location: From the inside cover map in Unfinished Tales, the North Undeep is approximately at the level where the Limlight meets the Anduin. Using the scale on this map, the North Undeep is about 5 miles north of the South Undeep. See also the entry for Undeeps.
Description: "In later days Gondor built a bridge over the upper Limlight, and often occupied the narrow land between the lower Limlight and Anduin as part of its eastern fences, since the great loops of the Anduin (where it came down swiftly past Lórien and entered low flat lands before its descent again into the chasm of the Emyn Muil) had many shallows and wide shoals over which a determined and well-equipped enemy could force a crossing by rafts or pontoons, especially in the two westward bends, known as the North and South Undeeps."
Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 4, Appendix C, The History of Galadriel and Celeborn: The Boundaries of Lórien
Gondor had forts to watch the area, but these were already abandoned in the days of Cirion:
"But during the Watchful Peace the forts along the Anduin, especially on the west shore of the Undeeps, had been unmanned and neglected."
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: The Ride of Eorl
Contributors: Lyllyn 12Jan05