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Tarlang's Neck

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Gondor

Location: A long ridge extending south from the White Mountains, separating Erech and Lamedon.


Map of Lamedon.
Lamedon, showing Tarlang's Neck southeast of the Hill of Erech.
'[It] is, I reckoned, some 60 leagues 1 as birds fly from Erech, over Tarlang's Neck into Lamedon, and so, crossing Kiril 2 and Ringló, to Linhir beside the waters of Gilrain, where there are fords that lead into Lebennin.'

The War of the Ring, HoME Vol 8, Part 3, Ch 12, The Last Debate

The Neck was a long ridge of rock, over which the road climbed, joining the main mass of the range to the branch (containing three peaks) which separated the plain of Erech from Lamedon. Tarlang, originally the name of this ridge, was later taken as a personal name.

"Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
From A Tolkien Compass, compiled by Jared Lobdell
Chicago: Open Court Pub Co, June 1975

1A league is approximately three miles.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Appendix, Númenórean Linear Measures

2This text is from one of Tolkien's early drafts; the name is an earlier version of the proper name as published in The Lord of the Rings.

Elena Tiriel 5Feb11

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