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The Gladden Fields (Loeg Ningloron in the invented language Sindarin) is a location in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictitious Middle-earth. In this fantasy world, the Gladden Fields are marshlands located in the Middle-earth region of Wilderland, in particular where the Gladden river joins the Anduin. The name "gladden" refers to the yellow iris or flag, Iris pseudacorus [1]

Gladden Fields
J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium location
Iris pseudacorus(03).jpg
The yellow Iris, Iris pseudacorus, was the flower which Tolkien referred to as 'gladden'
TypeMarshland of reeds and Iris
Other name(s)Loeg Ningloron
LocationAt the mouth of the Gladden River and the banks of the Anduin

In the year T.A. 2, Isildur, the new High King of Arnor and Gondor, was marching close to the north-east Gladden Fields with his three eldest sons (Ciryon, Aratan and Elendur) and a company of 200 soldiers. They were ambushed by Orcs, and when the battle was lost Isildur attempted to escape by jumping into the Anduin, using the power of invisibility of the One Ring. However the Ring slipped from Isildur's finger and sank to the bottom of the river. Isildur landed on the other bank of the river where he was killed by Orcs looking for survivors of the ambush.[2] Isildur's squire Ohtar saved the shards of Narsil from the enemy horde; Isildur's sons and virtually the entire company were killed during the battle. This incident would become known as the Disaster of the Gladden Fields.

It was here, twenty-five centuries after the ambush, that the Stoor hobbit, Déagol, retrieved the One Ring from the Anduin and was killed by his relative[3] Sméagol, who became the creature Gollum.

One of three passes through the Misty Mountains is at the headwaters of the Gladden River, the other two being Redhorn Pass and the High Pass.


  1. ^ "Flora of Middle Earth:Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium; Walter S. Judd & Graham A. Judd". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  2. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1980), Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, "Disaster of the Gladden Fields", ISBN 0-395-29917-9
  3. ^ Carpenter, Humphrey, ed. (1981), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, #214, ISBN 0-395-31555-7

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