Lindon was a region of western Middle-earth. Initially populated by Laiquendi, in the following Ages it became an important Elvish realm, known for its harbors and Elven ships that would embark unto the West.
Lindon was a name of Ossiriand, a region west of the Blue Mountains, in Eastern Beleriand. After the deluge of Beleriand in the War of Wrath, Lindon became the westernmost land of the continent of Middle-earth. The Gulf of Lune broke into Lindon and the Blue Mountains and divided the realm into Forlindon (North Lindon) and Harlindon (South Lindon). The eastern border of Lindon was the River Lune, beyond which was Arnor.
The First Age
Lindon was the only part of Beleriand that survived the War of Wrath, the rest of the continent having been broken or submerged by the tumults. However, the Sea broke through the Blue Mountains, creating the Gulf of Lhûn.
The Second Age: Kingdom of Gil-galad
Gil-galad founded the Kingdom of Lindon in SA 1, ruling over the Ñoldor, Sindar, and all Elves of Lindon alike. They also built the Havens (Mithlond, and also likely Harlond and Forlond), from which many Elves left to Valinor in subsequent years.
The Ñoldor mainly dwelt in Forlindon, and the Sindar with remaining Green-elves lived in Harlindon (a fief under the rule of Celeborn). Presumably, the surviving Edain also stayed for some time alongside the Elves of Lindon, until they left for Elenna in SA 32. But there was some tension between the Elves; some of the Sindar did not wish to live under Gil-galad alongside the Ñoldor, and went to the Silvan Elves in the east, who were their Telerin kin. Some Ñoldor also left to found Eregion in SA 700, the second of the two Ñoldorin realms.
During the War of the Elves and Sauron, Sauron overran Eriador. The Elves called that time Days of Flight as many fled to Lindon where Sauron could not enter, and thence over the Sea to the Uttermost West. Eventually Tar-Minastir sent ships to Lindon, responding to Gil-galad's plea. The combined army of Elves and Númenóreans drove Sauron's forces out of Eriador.
In the tumult following the Downfall of Númenor, Lindon suffered great loss as "the sea rode in upon the land", and therefore had shrunk when the Third Age began.
The Third Age: Rule of Círdan
After the War of the Last Alliance, most of the Ñoldor and many Sindar departed for Valinor, and Lindon became depopulated, now ruled by Gil-galad's lieutenant, the Telerin Elf Círdan the Shipwright, who kept building ships for the departing Elves.
During the days of Kings, most of the High Elves that still lingered in Middle-earth were found in Lindon. Beyond the Lune was Elvish country, green and quiet, where no Men went; but Dwarves dwelt in the east side of the Blue Mountains, especially south of the Gulf of Lune, where they had mines in use. Thorin's Halls, the realm of Durin's Folk in exile, was located in Lindon, west of the Lune.
The Fourth Age: Passing of the Elves
Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins also went to Valinor from the Grey Havens, and a family tradition held that Samwise Gamgee, having been himself a Ring-bearer, albeit briefly, departed likewise in the year 1482 of the Shire Reckoning (Fourth Age 61). It was also told in the Red Book of Westmarch that after Aragorn's death, Legolas built a grey ship and left Middle-earth to Valinor, with Gimli.
Although all the Elves of Lindon eventually passed into the West, dwarves continued to dwell in their halls on the east side of the Blue Mountains.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||林頓|
|Danish||Lindon ("Sangernes Land")|
|Kazakh||Ліндон (Cyrillic) Lindon (Latin)|
|Serbian||Линдон (Cyrillic) Lindon (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Линдон (Cyrillic) Lindon (Latin)|
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