Greyflood (or Gwathló)

The Greyflood, known in the Elvish tongue as the Gwathló, and to the Númenóreans as the Gwathir[1], was a notable river of Eriador.

Course Edit

Its source began in the Misty Mountains west of the River Rhimdath, and estimated at around one hundred miles north of Rivendell. It flowed through the Ettenmoors and then curved southward, skirting the western edge of the Trollshaws. Running under the Last Bridge on the East-West Road, it went on southward until it was joined by the River Bruinen or 'Loudwater'. The river then turned south-west until it met with the Glanduin, forming the fenland called Nin-in-Eilph or 'Swanfleet'. Beyond this point the combined waters were named Gwathlo.

History Edit

The river was given the name Gwathir by the Númenóreans in the Second Age, when they began to colonize Middle-earth. Due to the great expanses of forests surrounding the river, the Gwathir became a significant pipeline of timber, which the Númenóreans used for ship-building.[1]

The Hoarwell was within the boundaries of Arnor when the realm was founded. In TA 861 when Arnor was dismembered, the river was within the confines of Rhudaur.

Sometime around TA 1150, the Stoors came over the Redhorn Pass and settled in the Angle, the land between the Hoarwell and the Loudwater. When Angmar became powerful around TA 1300, these Hobbits moved over the Hoarwell to dwell near Bree

In May TA 2941, Thorin and Company crossed the river on the Last Bridge and later on that same day they were waylaid by three trolls - Tom, Bert and William. Then, on 11th October TA 3018, Glorfindel the Elf-lord drove back the Nazgul from the Last Bridge and left a beryl in the mud in the middle of the road to show that the path ahead was safe. Two days later, after finding the elf-stone and knowing what it meant, Aragorn led the Hobbits Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin across the bridge on their way to Rivendell.[2]

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 灰泛河
Danish Gråkilde
Hungarian Szürke-Omboly

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, Chapter II: "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Ch. XII: "Flight to the Ford"