Sarn Gebir as depicted in The Lord of the Rings Online.

Sarn Gebir referred to the rapids on the great river Anduin, located upriver of the Argonath and the falls of Rauros, near the Emyn Muil. Due to the treacherous nature of the rapids, a portage-way was built on the western bank of the river in order for travelers to make the journey southwards.[1]

In the year TA 3019, the Fellowship of the Ring encountered a number of orc archers and a Nazgûl, whose Fell beast was shot down by Legolas, just prior to coming upon the rapids. The Fellowship afterwards used the portage-way to carry their elven boats past the rapids. Boromir remarked during the passage that "no boat can live in Sarn Gebir."[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

The rapids were originally set to appear in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but just before filming was set to begin, torrential rains washed away the set. Due to time and budgeting constraints, the scene was then cut from the screenplay.

Sarn Gebir appears in The Lord of the Rings Online as a playable location.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. IX: "The Great River"
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