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The Gladden Fields as shown on this map.

The Gladden Fields were a marshland located in the vale of the Gladden river, and on the banks of the river Anduin. It was there that the One Ring was lost by Isildur, and found again centuries later by Déagol the Stoor.


The fields started near the mouth of the river Gladden, and went on beyond where it joined the Great River, extending onto its eastern banks. It was a region of many dark pools and islets, with beds of reeds and rushes and many wildflowers - a particularly common flower being the Yellow Iris, which grew there in profusion.

In ancient times when the Silvan Elves were in the region, there was a pool or lake at the intersection of the two rivers; however, over time this receded, forming the marshes.


In the First Age the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm built a road through the region, raising a causeway to carry it through the marshes. With the closing of Khazad-dûm following the War of the Elves and Sauron the road became disused and nothing remained of it in the area by the Third Age.

It was at the Gladden Fields that Isildur and his sons were travelling to Rivendell when they were assailed by Orcs in TA 2. Isildur, in an attempt to escape, jumped into the river, using the Ring to be hidden. However, the Ring slipped from his finger as he swam away, landing in the riverbed, and Isildur was slain by Orcs' arrows on the bank of a small islet.

The fields were later settled by Stoors around TA 1356. The Ring remained undiscovered.

Around two and a half millennia after the ambush, in TA 2463, the Hobbit Déagol found the ring when he was fishing with his cousin Sméagol: an especially large fish pulled him under the water and, spotting it amongst the weeds, he took it to the bank. Ensnared by the Ring's power, the two fought over it, and ultimately it went to Sméagol, who killed Déagol and was eventually twisted into the creature called Gollum.

Later, around TA 2851, Saruman began searching the wetlands for the Ring. He found the Elendilmir, the token of Royalty of Arnor, which Isildur had been wearing at the time of the attack and the casket that had once held the Ring. At the meeting of the White Council that year, Saruman overruled Gandalf's suggestion that they drive Sauron from his stronghold in Dol Guldur.

Sauron also sent his servants to search for the Ring. When Saruman learned of this, he agreed to an attack on Dol Guldur in TA 2941 to prevent Sauron from finding the Ring. At the meeting of the White Council in TA 2953, Saruman pretended that the Ring had been carried downriver to the Sea.[1]

In TA 3018 the Nazgûl searched the area looking for 'Shire' and 'Baggins' but discovered only long abandoned ruins of Stoor dwellings.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Gladden Velde
Albanian Gëzoj Fushat
Amharic ጝላዸን ፊአልድስ
Arabic فرح الحقول
Armenian Գլադդեն Ֆիելդս
Azerbaijani Sevindirmək Sahələri
Basque Alaitu Eremuak
Belarusian Cyrillic Гладден Фіелдс
Bengali প্রসন্ন ক্ষেত্র ?
Bosnian Gladden Polja
Bulgarian Cyrillic Перуникови поля
Catalan Camps Gladios
Chinese 格拉頓平原
Croatian Gladdenska Polja
Czech Kosatcová Pole
Danish Irissletten / Åkandeengene
Dutch Lissevelden
Esperanto Gladden Kampoj
Estonian Võhumõõgaväljad
Filipino Sumaya mga patlang
Finnish Kurjenmiekkakentät
French Champs de Flambes

Champs aux Iris Champs d'Iris

German Schwertelfelder
Greek πεδία χαροποιώ ?
Hebrew שדות הסיפנים (lit. Field of reeds, named after the prevalent reeds in the area)
Hungarian Nősziromfölde
Icelandic Gladden Reitur ?
Indonesian Bidang Gladden
Irish Gaelic Réimsí Gladden
Italian Campi Iridati
Kannada ಗ್ಲ್ಯಾಡೆನ್ ಜಾಗ
Kazakh Қуанышты өрістер (Cyrillic) Qwanıştı örister (Latin)
Korean 기쁘게 필드
Latin Laetificas Agris
Latvian Priecēt Lauki
Lithuanian Pradžiuginti Laukai
Macedonian Cyrillic Гладден Фиелдс
Maltese Oqsma Gladden
Malaysian Bidang Gladden
Manx Magheryn Gladden
Nepalese ङ्लद्देन क्षेत्रहरु
Norwegian Sverdliljevollene
Persian غلادن زمینه های
Polish Pola Gladden
Portuguese Campos Gladden
Romanian Domenii Gladden
Russian Ирисная низина (lit. Iris lowland, named after the yellow iris in which it's abundant)
Serbian Поља гладден (Cyrillic) Polja gladden (Latin)
Slovak Šťastné polia
Slovenian Gladdenovo polje
Spanish Campos Gladios
Swedish Liljeängarna
Tajik Cyrillic Гладден Фиелдс
Tamil கிளாடன் புலங்கள்
Thai ทุ่งแกลดเดน
Turkish Ferah Çayırlar
Welsh Meysydd Gladden
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ґладден поля ?
Urdu علاڈےن فیےلدس ?
Yiddish גלאַדדען פֿיעלדס


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"