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Fenmarch

Type: Other Natural Formations

Region: Rohan

Meaning: marshy border-land

Location: The borderland of Rohan, along the Mering Stream between the mouths of the Entwash and the White Mountains.

Description:

Map of the Rohan border.
The Rohan-Gondor border, showing the Fenmarch.
Fenmarch. A Rohan name: the fenny (marshy) border-land about the Mering Stream... forming the boundary of Rohan and Anórien... [The] meaning of -mark, or the French form (of Germanic origin) marche, is the same: boundary, border (land).

"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

[The] Eastfold was the land from [the Folde] east to the Fenmark 1 between Entwash and the mountains....

Ibid.

[They] rode... on again through the Folde; and through the Fenmarch, where to their right great oakwoods climbed on the skirts of the hills under the shades of dark Halifirien by the borders of Gondor; but away to their left the mists lay on the marshes fed by the mouths of Entwash.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 3, The Muster of Rohan


Notes
1Fenmarch... should have been called Fenmark, but since it appears in III 78 and on the map to volume III I have retained it....

"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

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 25Jan05, 29Oct07, 7Aug10

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