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Anórien (called Sunlending in Rohirric[1]) was a region of Gondor.

Description & location

Established toward the end of the Second Age, Anórien spanned the region northwest of Minas Anor and north of of the White Mountains, and along with Isengard was the only northern part of Gondor not given to the Éothéod to become Rohan in TA 2510.

Anórien formed a narrow strip of land consisting of the valleys of the White Mountains and tall grasslands[2], and its borders were the Mering Stream in the west and the Mouths of the Entwash in the north. Its eastern border was the border of Gondor at the Anduin. Its climate was likely of mild winters and warm summers.[3] The Firien Wood lay at its western edge, and the Drúadan Forest in the southeast.

There were no cities in Anórien, but along the line of the Great West Road that led into Rohan (and thence to Arnor) were built the Warning beacons of Gondor.[4] Cair Andros, on the Anduin river, was a crucial fortress in the defense of Anórien, it's fall in the War of the Ring allowed a host from the Black Gate to penetrate into the province.


Anórien is Sindarin for 'Sun-land'. Reference to the Sun was likely in honor of Isildur's brother Anárion (whose name bears Anar, an initial Quenya name for the Sun[5]).

The location of Anórien in Middle-earth, marked in red

See also


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓኖሪአን
Arabic انورين
Armenian Անորիեն
Belarusian Cyrillic Аноріэн
Bengali আনরিএন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Анориен
Chinese 安諾瑞安
Danish Anórien ("Sol-landet")
Georgian ანორიენ
Greek Ανοριεν
Gujarati એન્નોરીયન
Hebrew אנוריאנית
Hindi आनोरिअन
Japanese アノリアン
Kannada ಅನೋರಿನ್
Kazakh Анориан (Cyrillic) Anorïan (Latin)
Korean 아 노리 엔
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Анориэн
Macedonian Cyrillic Анориен
Marathi अनोरिअन
Mongolian Cyrillic Анориэн
Nepalese आनोरिएन
Pashto آنوریېن
Persian انوریهن
Punjabi ਅਨੋਰੀਅਨ
Russian Анориэн
Sanskrit आनोरिएन्
Serbian Анориен (Cyrillic) Anorien (Latin)
Sinhalese ඇනොරියන්
Tajik Cyrillic Анориан
Tamil ஆநொரிஎந்
Telugu ఆనొరిఎన
Thai อโนริเอน
Ukrainian Cyrillic Анорієн
Urdu انوریان
Uzbek Анориен (Cyrillic) Anorien (Latin)
Yiddish ײַנאָריען


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book V, "The Muster of Rohan", pg. 803 (150th Anniversary One-volume Edition)
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Thematic Maps, "Vegetation"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Thematic Maps, "Climate"
  4. The Lord of the Rings
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. XI: "Of the Sun and Moon", pg. 99 (1977 hardcover)