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Minhiriath was a region of Eriador in Middle-earth.

Its expanse covered the western half of the lands between the Misty Mountains and the Blue Mountains. Minhiriath had no clear border in the north, but to the south, and east and west it was bounded by river and sea: the Brandywine, the Greyflood and the Belegaer.


The original inhabitants of Minhiriath (Minhiriathrim) were descended from the same Men as the ancestors of the Númenóreans, but because they spoke mutually unintelligible languages, the Númenóreans did not class the Minhiriathrim as Middle Men.

When the large-scale deforestation of their land began under the Númenórean 'Ship Kings' after the 7th century Second Age, the Minhiriathrim became openly hostile, and were persecuted. Only those who "fled from Minhiriath into the dark woods of the great Cape of Eryn Vorn" survived. Most, if not all of these forest-dwellers subsequently "welcomed Sauron and hoped for his victory over the Men of the Sea", but they were to be disappointed - and permanently trapped - by Sauron's burning of much of the rest of the surviving forest, and final defeat, in SA 1701.

From SA 3320, Minhiriath became part of the newly established Kingdom of Arnor, at which time it formed the upper part of ..a land that was far and wide, on either bank a desert, treeless but untilled.[1]

From TA 861, Minhiriath was inherited by one of Arnor's three successor states, Cardolan, but the "ravaging" of Cardolan by the evil forces of the Witch-king of Angmar in TA 1409 no doubt caused extensive depopulation of the whole country. Even worse was the advent of the Great Plague in TA 1636, after which Minhiriath was "almost entirely deserted". After TA 1975, even though "a few secretive hunter-folk lived in the woods" throughout the Third Age (probably a reference which includes Eryn Vorn), Minhiriath was claimed by no kingdom at all.

Although "still in places well-wooded" by the time of the War of the Ring, the once continuously forested Minhiriath bore the permanent scars of over 5000 years of felling, burning, and war.

The same is not necessarily the case for its human population, however, when talking of Eriador (and particularly the lands south and west of Bree) to an innkeeper at the end of the War of the Ring. For example, Gandalf confidently predicts that ..the waste in time will be waste no longer, and there will be people and fields where once there was wilderness.[2]


Minhiriath was a Sindarin word that meant 'Between Rivers'[3] and thus an Elvish form of Mesopotamia).


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሚንሂሪኣት
Arabic مينهيريات
Armenian Մխիթարյան
Belarusian Cyrillic Мінhіріат
Bengali মিনহিরিয়াত
Bulgarian Cyrillic Минхириат
Chinese 米希里亚特
Danish Minhiriath ("Landet mellem floder")
Georgian მინჰირიათი
Greek Μινχίριαθ
Gujarati મિનિરિયાટ
Hebrew מינהיריאת
Hindi मिन्हिरिअत
Hungarian Folyóköz
Japanese ミンヒリアス
Kannada ಮಿನ್ಹಿರಿಯಟ್
Kazakh Минхириат (Cyrillic) Mïnxïrïat (Latin)
Korean 민 히아 탓
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Минhириат
Macedonian Cyrillic Минхириат
Marathi मिनिरियात
Mongolian Cyrillic Минhириат
Nepalese मिन्हिरिअत
Pashto منريريټ
Persian مینییریت
Punjabi ਮਿਨੀਰਿਤ
Russian Минхириат
Serbian Минирајт (Cyrillic) Minirajt (Latin)
Sinhalese මින්හිරියට්
Tajik Cyrillic Минҳириат
Telugu మించిరియేట్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Мінгіріат
Urdu منیرریٹ
Yiddish מינהיריאַט
Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:


Arnor | Dunland | Ettenmoors | Forochel | Forodwaith | Gondor | Harad | Ithilien | Khand | Lindon | Minhiriath | Mordor | Rhovanion | Rhûn | Rohan | The Shire

Forests & Mountains:

Amon Dîn | Amon Hen | Amon Lhaw | Caradhras | Emyn Muil | Erebor | Fangorn Forest | High Pass | Iron Hills | Lórien | Mirkwood | Mount Doom | Mount Gundabad | Old Forest | Tower Hills | Weathertop


Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Hornburg | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Orthanc | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno


Argonath | Buckland | Cair Andros | Dagorlad | Dead Marshes | Enedwaith | Fords of Isen | Gap of Rohan | Grey Havens | Weathertop

The rest of Arda:

Aman | Dark Land | Land of the Sun | Númenor | Tol Eressëa | Valinor