The Fords of Isen were fords in the river Isen, guarded by the Rohirrim in Middle-earth. The Fords of Isen were important because they were 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 Saruman's Army of Uruk-hai and the Rohirrim. It was in this fords where Theodred was killed during the First Battle of the Fords of Isen. Near the Fords of Isen was where the Rohirrim met with the Grey Company.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Fords of Isen appear as a battleground in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth. They are also represented in The Lord of the Rings Online as depicted above.

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Vaus do Isen
Chinese (Hong Kong) 艾辛河渡口
Hungarian Vasudvard Gázlója

See Also

Fords of Middle-earth

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


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

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