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Derndingle

Type: Valleys, Caves, Tunnels

Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns

Location: A deep, grassy hollow in southwestern Fangorn near the slopes of Methedras; the ancient gathering place used by Ents for their Entmoots.

Description: 'Hoo, eh? Entmoot?' said Treebeard.... 'It is ... a gathering of Ents ... We shall meet in the place where we have always met: Derndingle Men call it.' ...

... they came at last to what looked like an impenetrable wall of dark evergreen trees, trees of a kind that the hobbits had never seen before: they branched out right from the roots, and were densely clad in dark glossy leaves like thornless holly, and they bore many stiff upright flower-spikes with large shining olive-coloured buds.

Turning to the left and skirting this huge hedge Treebeard came in a few strides to a narrow entrance. Through it a worn path passed and dived suddenly down a long steep slope. The hobbits saw that they were descending into a great dingle, almost as round as a bowl, very wide and deep, crowned at the rim with the high dark evergreen hedge. It was smooth and grassclad inside, and there were no trees except three very tall and beautiful silver-birches that stood at the bottom of the bowl. Two other paths led down into the dingle: from the west and from the east. ...

'There is a well of good water, if you need refreshing, away yonder in the north bank.' ...

Merry and Pippin climbed up the path that came in from the west, and looked through the opening in the great hedge. Long tree-clad slopes rose from the lip of the dingle, and away beyond them, above the fir-trees of the furthest ridge there rose, sharp and white, the peak of a high mountain. Southwards to their left they could see the forest falling away down into the grey distance. There far away there was a pale green glimmer that Merry guessed to be a glimpse of the plains of Rohan. ...

'I don't know quite where we are,' said Merry; 'but that peak is probably Methedras, and as far as I can remember the ring of Isengard lies in a fork or deep cleft at the end of the mountains. It is probably down behind this great ridge. There seems to be a smoke or haze over there, left of the peak, don't you think?'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 4, Treebeard

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 22Jan05

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