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Lond Daer Enedh (or Ened) was a great harbour in Eriador.

History Edit

Under the name Vinyalondë, or 'New Haven', Lond Daer was founded by Númenor's crown prince and future "Ship-king" Tar-Aldarion on the estuary of the river Gwathló in the early Second Age. It was the first permanent settlement of the Númenóreans in Middle-earth. From here Aldarion's "Guild of Venturers" began harvesting the local timber for the shipbuilding industry of Númenor.

Within a few centuries, the deforestation of the outlying regions Enedwaith and Minhiriath became cataclysmic, angering the native peoples (ancestors of the Dunlendings), who became adverse and attacked the haven several times, causing fires on the stores of wood.

By the time of the War of the Elves and Sauron in the middle of the Second Age, Lond Daer had become very well established, and its name had shifted over the intervening one thousand years to 'Lond Daer', the Great Haven. As such, it was one of the two beachheads of the Númenórean forces in Eriador that were used to support the elves around SA 1700.

Lond Daer's shipyards were starved of timber following the war, as the forces of Sauron had burnt almost all of what remained in Enedwaith and Minhiriath. Once its shipbuilding yards were no longer practicable, Lond Daer declined in importance, and the Númenórean hunger for ever more wealth shifted focus to the establishment of newer havens to the south, Pelargir and Umbar. Following this, Lond Daer was once again renamed, being now one of several major ports in Middle-earth, and was known as Lond Daer Enedh, or 'Great Middle Haven'. Despite this, Númenor still maintained traffic on the Gwathló as far as the city of Tharbad.

After the Downfall of Númenor, Elendil founded the realm of Arnor in the lands north of Lond Daer, but the haven was now redundant, and fell into ruin. Instead, control over the region was maintained from Tharbad. The ancient ruins of Lond Daer were still visible as late as the end of the Third Age, however, and still featured on maps from that time.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

In Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king, the ruins of Lond Daer can be seen on the Enedwaith map.

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሎንድ ዻአር
Arabic لوند داير
Armenian Լոնդ Դաեր
Belarusian Cyrillic Лонд Даер
Bengali লন্দ ডাএর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Лонд Даер
Chinese (Hong Kong) 隆得戴爾
Georgian ლონდ დოერი
Greek Λονδ Δαερ
Gujarati લંડન ડાયર
Hebrew לונד דאיר
Hindi ळोन्द ड​एर
Japanese ロンド・ダイア (Lond Daer)

ロンド・ダイア・エネズ (Lond Daer Enedh)

Kannada ಲಂಡನ್ ಡೇರ್
Kazakh Лонд Даер (Cyrillic) Lond Daer (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Лонд Даэр
Macedonian Cyrillic Лонд Даер
Marathi लॉन्ड डियर
Mongolian Cyrillic Лонд Даер
Nepalese ळोन्द ड​एर
Pashto لوند ضاېر
Persian لوند ضاهر ?
Punjabi ਲੋਂਡ ਦਏਰ
Russian Лонд Даэр
Sanskrit ळोन्द् ड​एर्
Serbian Лонд Даер (Cyrillic) Lond Daer (Latin)
Sinhalese ලන්ඩන් ඩයර්
Tajik Cyrillic Лонд Даер
Tamil லொண்ட் தேர்
Ukrainian Cyrillic Лонда Даер
Urdu لوند ضاےر
Yiddish לאָנד דאַער

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Introduction"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Third Age, "Introduction"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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