The Withered Heath was a region at the eastern extreme of the Grey Mountains in Middle-earth. There, the Grey Mountains broke into two spurs, north and south, between which was the Heath.[1]


In the eastern part of their length, the Grey Mountains forked into two thin ranges, with a narrow valley between. On the floor of this long east-west valley between the mountains was a heath, but a heath burned and blackened by its inhabitants. This heath was famed and feared in the north of Middle-earth as the breeding-ground of the dragons. At one time they had infested the Grey Mountains and the lands beyond, and even in the closing decades of the Third Age, the dragon Smaug still terrorised the inhabitants of the north.
Smaug half body

Smaug, Greatest of the Dragons of the Withered Heath, as shown in the The Hobbit films

Smaug was the last of the great dragons, but lesser members of his kind remained, so perhaps these still occasionally returned to the Withered Heath to continue their race. However, in The HobbitAn Unexpected PartyThorin refers to the Withered Heath as the place 'where the great dragons bred', implying that it was deserted by TA 2941(the year Thorin spoke these words), or at least not frequented by dragons that could be described as 'great'.

Appearances in adaptions

The Withered Heath appears as a location in the The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II video game. In Level Six of the Evil Campaign, the forces of Mordor from Dol Guldur march to the Withered Heath, led by the Mouth of Sauron, in hopes of gaining the allegiance of the dragons' leader, Drogoth the Dragon Lord. By killing the Dwarven forces and freeing the imprisoned offspring, Drogoth agrees to fight for Sauron with the promise of a Ring of Power, stolen many years ago from the Dwarves. The Withered Heath is also a playable skirmish battlefield.

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic البراح الذابل
Armenian չորացրած տափաստան
Bengali শুষ্ক ঊষর প্রান্তর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Изсъхнали Хийт
Cambodian ក្រៀមស្វិត ?
Catalan Glever Marcit
Chinese 干枯石楠荒原
Croatian Osušeni stepa
Czech Zvadlé vřesoviště
Danish Visne Hede
Dutch Dorre Heide
Esperanto Velkinta Erikejo
Estonian Kõrbenud nõmm
Filipino Natutuyong Sukalan
Finnish Kulottunut nummi
French Lande desséchée
Frisian Wilige Heide
Galician Murcho Uceira
Georgian ამოიწურა მანანა ?
German Dürre Heide
Greek Ξερό Ρουμάνι
Gujarati વિથર્ડ હીથ
Hebrew קָמֵל עֲרָבָה
Hindi सूख हीथ
Hungarian Kiszáradt Hangás
Indonesian Layu Lahan kosong
Irish Gaelic Feoite Fraochmhá
Italian Brughiera Arida
Japanese ヒースの枯れ野
Kazakh Соққыға толы Хит (Cyrillic) Soqqığa tolı хït (Latin)
Latvian Iznīka tīrelis
Lithuanian Nuvytęs viržynas
Luxembourgish Wieleg Heed
Macedonian Cyrillic Секна Хит
Maltese Moxa nixfu
Mongolian Cyrillic Хатаж хит
Norwegian Vissenhei
Persian پژمرده خلنگزار
Polish Zwiędłe Wrzosowiska
Portuguese (Brazil) Urzal Seco
Romanian Landa Veștejită
Russian Увядший Хит
Scottish Gaelic Sheargte Heath
Serbian Усахнуле вриштина (Cyrillic) Usahnule vriština (Latin)
Slovak Uschnuté vresoviská
Slovenian Usahla resava
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Brezal Seco
Sundanese Layu tempat nyangcang ?
Swedish Den Vissna Heden
Tajik Cyrillic Хушк мацрибӣ ?
Tamil வாடிய ஹீத்
Telugu విథెరెడ్ హీత్
Thai ลีบเฮลธ์
Turkish Solmuş funda
Ukrainian Cyrillic Висохлий Пустище
Uzbek Қуритилган дашт (Cyrillic) Quritilgan dasht (Latin)
Vietnamese Bị khô héo đồng hoang
Welsh Araf ddiflannu Mynydd Bychan
Yiddish פאַרדאַרט כיט


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "Wilderland"
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