In the willow meads of Tasarinan

ScreenShot00007ScreenShot00020Nan-tathren or the “Land of Willows” was a region of Beleriand. It was located where the River Narog met the great River Sirion, to the north of the Mouths of Sirion. Nan-tathren is the sindarin name, meaning “vale of willows” or “land of willows”, the Quenya name is Tasarinan or Nan-tasarion, meaning “willow-vale”.tasariIt was famous for its willows and flowered meadows, but aside the rich flora, the land was desolate. This region played a little but very important part in the history of Arda, and it was said to be inhabited by Ents. Another detail about this region is given in these early version of the tales: the Land of Willows is said to be the place were butterflies of all kinds came into the world, and they remained common there during the First Age.
After the destruction of Gondolin in late First Age, The survivors led by Tuor rested in Nan-tathren for a while on their journey south from their city’s ruin. They were healed of their wounds and sorrows by Ulmo’s power, its presence strong in the River Sirion. There was awakened the sea-longing of Tuor and his son Eärendil, this event was the first of a chain who would lead to the War of Wrath and the end of The First Age, and of Beleriand.
In the late Third Age, Treebeard remembered Nan-tathren and sang about “The willow-meads of Tasarinan” to Merry and Pippin.23511962In the earliest versions of the Legendarium, in the “Fall of Gondolin” chapter the Land of Willows is located in the same place as in the later geography of Beleriand, but Tuor visits it before, as well as after, his life in Gondolin. Its beauty caused Tuor to tarry there longer than Ulmo had thought, only leaving when the Vala appeared to him directly and order him to seek Gondolin. Following the sack of the city the refugees came to Tasarinan and stayed there several years, until Tuor brought them on to the Mouths of Sirion. This elf is one of said refugees, exploring the region who was said to heal body and spirit. The magnificence of the willows contrasts with her small figure, she wears humble clothes and poor armour in the colors of the earth, all that she could save from the sack, yet there is no need of armour here where the blessing of Ulmo keeps danger away09613968Treebeard’s Song: in the Willow meads of Tasarinan

In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion!
And I said that was good.
I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir!
And I thought that was best.
To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!
It was more than my desire.
To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah! the wind and the whiteness and the black branches of Winter upon Orod-na-Thôn!
My voice went up and sang in the sky.
And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambarona, in Tauremorna, in Aldalómë,
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long,
And the years lie thicker than the leaves
In Tauremornalómë.

** map excerpt from the Atlas of Middle Earth

the location here is actually the Entwash Vale in Rohan, I think it comes close to how Tasarinan might have looked like 🙂

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