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The river Gladden was a river of Rhovanion and a tributary to the Anduin.


The river was a short but important river of the Vales of Anduin. Beginning as two unnamed streams in the Hithaeglir, it flowed eastwards towards the Great River Anduin, which it met in a series of marshes called the Gladden Fields.

After the War of the Last Alliance, Isildur, heir of Elendil and bearer of the One Ring, was assailed by Orcs near the Gladden Fields, and the One Ring was lost here in the Gladden river.

Much later, during the Third Age, some Stoors lived near the streams of Gladden, and from them came Déagol, who found the Ring, and was killed by Sméagol (Gollum), who long held the Ring. Gollum eventually followed the stream up to its source, ending up in forgotten caves near Goblin-town. Saruman searched the Gladden extensively during his search for the Ring, but although he discovered the container which had held it and the Elendilmir, the ring itself was long gone.[1]


The Gladden was called Sîr Ninglor ('River Goldwater') by the Elves.[citation needed]


Foreign Language Translated name
Bengali গ্লাদ্দীন
Chinese 格拉頓
Danish Gladdenfloden
Finnish Kurjenmiekka
German Schwertel
Hebrew סיפנים
Japanese あやめ川
Persian گلادن


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years, The Third Age