The Bruinen as depicted in The Lord of the Rings Online.

The river Bruinen ("Loudwater") is a river in the region of Eriador, in Middle-earth leading into the Mitheithel.

The Bruinen begins with two tributaries in the Misty Mountains, one of them at the High Pass where Goblin-town was later dug. The river formed the eastern border of the Kingdom of Arnor and later the petty-realm of Rhudaur. South of it lies Eregion (Hollin).

The southern arm of the Bruinen flows through the deep valley where Elrond founded the refuge of Imladris or Rivendell. Elrond had some control over the river.

The Bruinen had only one point where it could be passed, a Ford near Rivendell. This Ford and by extension the river were called the Edge of the Wild.


When Thorin Oakenshield and company went to reclaim the Lonely Mountain (Erebor), they passed the Bruinen after their encounter with the Trolls, before they long paused at Rivendell.

At the beginning of the War of the Ring Frodo Baggins was raced on Glorfindel's horse towards the Ford of Bruinen, with the Ringwraiths in hot pursuit. At the Ford Glorfindel made his stand, and defied the Witch-king of Angmar. This lured the Ringwraiths into the Bruinen, and Elrond released a great flood, which took the form of horses made out of water. This flood killed the horses of the Ringwraiths and their physical forms, buying the Fellowship of the Ring some time.

Portrayal in Adaptations

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Bruinen a.k.a. Ruidoságua
Portuguese (Portugal) Bruinen a.k.a. Água Barulhenta
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Bruinen a.k.a. Sonorona
Italian Bruinen a.k.a. Rombirivo
French Bruinen a.k.a. Sonoronne

Rivers of Arda

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