Places in Middle-earth
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
1 A league is approximately three miles.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Appendix, Númenórean Linear Measures
2 This 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