Nan-Tathren, also known as Land of Willows, was a region in Beleriand situated around both the Narog and Sirion rivers.

The land was of modest beauty and many willow trees grew there, but had few inhabitants.[1]


After the defeat of the Union of Maedhros at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, this had become one of the many places in Beleriand that Orcs and wolves roamed.[2] In FA 511, shortly after the Fall of Gondolin, the survivors of the city, led by Tuor and Idril, camped here and made their respects to the fallen.[3]

When Galadriel and Celeborn said farewell to Treebeard following the downfall of Barad-dûr,[4] and Celeborn expressed his belief that they should not meet the Ent again, Galadriel stated that "Not in Middle-earth, nor until the lands that lie under the wave (Beleriand) are lifted up again. Then in the willow-meads of Tasarinan we may meet in the Spring," 


Nan-Tathren was also called The Land of Willows or Valley of the Willows, and was Nan-tasarion ('Willow-meads') in Quenya.[5][6]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 塔斯仁谷
Russian Нан-татрен


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XX: "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIII: "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VI: "Many Partings"
  5. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  6. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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