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Lithlad

Type: Forests, Fields, Plains

Region: Mordor/Allies

Meaning: Plain of Ashes

Location: The barren region between the Ash Mountains, the northern border of Mordor, and the plain of Gorgoroth.

Description:

Upon the west of Mordor marched the gloomy range of Ephel Dúath..., and upon the north the broken peaks and barren ridges of Ered Lithui, grey as ash. But as these ranges ap­proached one another, being indeed but parts of one great wall about the mournful plains of Lithlad and of Gorgoroth..., they swung out long arms northward....

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 3, The Black Gate Is Closed


Etymology
lith  'ash' in Anfauglith, Dor-nu-Fauglith; also in Ered Lithui, the Ashen Mountains, forming the northern border of Mordor, and Lithlad 'Plain of Ashes' at the feet of Ered Lithui.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

lad  'plain, valley' in Dagorlad, Himlad; imlad a narrow valley with steep sides, in Imladris (cf. also Imlad Morgul in the Ephel Dúath).

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 7Feb10

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