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Eregion, later known as Hollin, was a realm of the Ñoldorin Elves during the Second Age, located near the West-gate of Moria. It was a rare elven kingdom, for the relations with the dwarves were cordial and both sides traded freely.[4][5]


Second Age

Map of Eregion during the Second Age; shown in relation to the Misty Mountains

Eregion was, from SA 750, ruled by Galadriel and Celeborn from its capital of Ost-in-Edhil. After SA 1350, they crossed the Misty Mountains to Lothlórien, their new kingdom.

From SA 1350, the Gwaith-i-Mírdain under Celebrimbor, the last of the House of Fëanor left in Middle-earth, ruled Eregion. Annatar, the Giver of Gifts, befriended Celebrimbor and aiding him in the making of the Nine and Seven Rings of Power.[4][6] Celebrimbor made the Three in secret, and as such these were never touched by Annatar's hands.[7]

When Annatar was later revealed to be the Dark Lord Sauron, Celebrimbor and his people tried to stop the Rings from entering Sauron's possession, but could only rescue the Three: Vilya, Narya, and Nenya. Eregion itself was attacked and destroyed in the War of the Elves and Sauron in the year SA 1697. The few survivors of the war found refuge in either Lindon or Lothlórien, while others led by Elrond founded Rivendell.[4]

Third Age

Looking southwest from Hollin Ridge in Eregion (The Lord of the Rings Online)

In the Third Age, by the time that the Fellowship of the Ring reached Khazad-dûm, the land was pleasant but unpopulated. Only the scattered ruins of Elven cities and the few remaining holly trees indicated its former glory.[8]


In Sindarin, Eregion means "Land of the Holly", deriving from ereg ("holly"). Men simply called it Hollin.[9][10]

Eregion should not be pronounced as in English region: the g is the g in get. The pronunciation is [eˈreɡjon], or, simplified, [air-egg-eon].


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዐረጊኦን
Arabic اريجيون ?
Belarusian Cyrillic Ерегіон
Bengali এরেগিওন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ерегион
Catalan Erègion
Chinese (Hong Kong) 伊瑞詹 (Eregion)

和林 (Hollin)

Czech Cesmínie
Danish Tornien
Dutch Hulst (Hollin)
Georgian ერეგიონი
Greek Ερέγκιον
Gujarati ઍરેગિઓન
Hebrew ארגיון
Hindi एरेगिओन
Hungarian Magyalföld
Japanese エレギオン (Eregion)

柊郷 (Hollin)

Kazakh Ерегіон (Cyrillic) Eregion (Latin)
Korean 에레기온
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Эрэгион
Macedonian Cyrillic Ерегион
Marathi एरेगियन
Mongolian Cyrillic Эрэгион
Nepalese एरेगिओन
Pashto ېرېګیون
Persian اِرِگیون (Eregion)

هولین (Hollin)

Punjabi ਏਰੀਜਨ
Russian Эрегион (Eregion)

Край падубов (The Land of the Holly)

Sanskrit एरेगिओन्
Serbian Ерегион (Cyrillic), Eregion (Latin),

Драчник (derived from Serbian name for Holly) Dračnik (Latin)

Sinhalese අය්රියියොන්
Tajik Cyrillic Ерегион
Telugu ఏరెగిఒన
Tamil ஏரெகிஒந்
Thai เอเรกิออน
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ереґіон
Urdu اراگااون
Uzbek Ерегион (Cyrillic) Eregion (Latin)
Yiddish ערעגיאָן


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The Misty Mountains"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VI: "The Tale of Years of the Second Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. IV: "A Journey in the Dark"
  6. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Ch. II: "The Shadow of the Past"
  7. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. II: "The Council of Elrond"
  8. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. III: "The Ring goes South"
  9. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  10. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names