Like Saruman himself, the land around Isengard went by many names: Nan Curunír, the Vale of Angrenost, the Valley of Saruman, or the Wizard’s Vale. Long ages had passed like shadows across this once- fertile stretch at the southern terminus of the Misty Mountains. Many Men, Elves, and Dwarves—and other creatures of more fell nature—had laid eyes upon the valley as they crossed from Dunland to Rohan and back again, for the Vale lay just north of the well-travelled Gap of Rohan.

Over the eons, the Wizard’s Vale had served as a resting point, a natural shelter, a Gondorian outpost, and a hidden shrine of high and nefarious wizardry. In many ways, Nan Curunír rested at the very heart of Middle-earth. As the War of the Ring grew nigh, the Valley of Saruman darkened, becoming a place of gathering power, and that of degenerate evil: The [[White Wizard]] had forsaken his vocation, joining instead with the Great Enemy in Mordor. Orcs, Uruks, Half-orcs, Wargs, and lesser Men defiled the place with their very presence, and other unnatural beings roved the brambled plain, spying for the Master of Orthanc and destroying any who dare to trespass in the land of Curunír. In short, the Vale had become a dangerous place for the Free Peoples, a natural well- spring turned into a poisoned trough.


Places of Note


  • LotR RPG:Isengard (Sourcebook)
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