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Hoarwell

Type: Rivers & Lakes

Region: Arnor/Eriador/Lindon

Other Names Mitheithel

Location: 'It flows down out of the Ettenmoors, the troll-fells north of Rivendell, and joins the Loudwater away in the South.'
FotR, Book I, Ch 12, The Flight to the Ford

Description:
[Said Strider,] 'We have now come to the River Hoarwell, that the Elves call Mitheithel. It flows down out of the Ettenmoors, the troll-fells north of Rivendell, and joins the Loudwater away in the South. Some call it the Greyflood after that. It is a great water before it finds the Sea. There is no way over it below its sources in the Ettenmoors, except by the Last Bridge on which the Road crosses.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 12, Flight to the Ford

It is mentioned later in the same chapter that the Hoarwell flowed in 'a narrow valley.'

FotR, Book I, Ch 12, The Flight to the Ford


The Hoarwell forms the western border of The Angle, joining the Loudwater (Bruinen) the corresponding eastern border, at the apex of The Angle. After this confluence, Strider says: 'some call it the Greyflood'.
FotR, Book I, Ch 12, The Flight to the Ford

Contributors: Lyllyn 4.8.04; added quote & links: Elena Tiriel 7.3.04

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