The Fords of Isen were located along the river Isen, and guarded by the Rohirrim in the Third Age. The Fords were notable as the only crossing of the Isen into Rohan.

It was located in the Gap of Rohan at the border of Rohan and the road leading to Isengard nearly fifty miles away.[1]


It was here where the Nine (see: Ringwraith, or Nazgûl) were said to have crossed the river Isen on midsummers eve by Saruman to Gandalf upon his visit to Orthanc. The Fords of Isen had two battles in the War of the Ring that were fought between Orcs and the Rohirrim. It was at these fords that Theodred was killed during the First Battle of the Fords of Isen. It was near the Fords of Isen that the Rohirrim met with the Grey Company.


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 艾辛河渡口
Finnish Rautkymin kahlaamot
French Gués de l’Isen
Georgian აისენის ფონები
Hungarian Vasudvard Gázlója
Italian Guadi dell'Isen
Norwegian Jarnavad
Portuguese (Brazil) Vaus do Isen
Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:


Dunland | Ithilien | Rohan | Arnor | Ettenmoors | Gondor | Lindon | Minhiriath | Rhûn | The Shire | Mordor | Harad | Forochel

Forests & Mountains:

Amon Dîn | Amon Hen | Amon Lhaw | Caradhras | Emyn Muil | Erebor | Fangorn Forest | High Pass | Iron Hills | Lórien | Mirkwood | Mount Doom | Old Forest | Tower Hills | Weather Hills


Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Hornburg | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Orthanc | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno


Cair Andros | Gap of Rohan | Grey Havens | Buckland | Enedwaith | Dagorlad | Dead Marshes | Fords of Isen | Weathertop | Argonath

The rest of Arda:

Númenor | Dark Land | Aman | Valinor | Tol Eressëa

Fords of Middle-earth

Arossiach | Brithiach | Budge ford | Ethring | Entwade | Bruinen | Isen | Old Ford | Sarn Athrad | Sarn Ford | Tharbad

See also


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth pgs. 81 & 88
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