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Revision as of 19:03, 2 September 2010

Ard-galen
Physical Description
TypePlain
LocationSouth of Ered Engrin, west of Ered Luin, north of Lothlann
InhabitantsPossibly Nandor
DescriptionEnormous green plain
General Information
Other namesLater Anfauglith
EtymologyS. ardh "region" + celin "green"
EventsDagor Bragollach
ReferencesOf Beleriand and Its Realms

Ard-galen (S. ardh "region" + celin "green"), later Anfauglith, was the wide green plain that lay north of the highlands of Dorthonion and south of Morgoth's fortress of Angband in the Iron Mountains, in the First Age.

In the first days after the rising of the Sun, Ard-galen was a green plain with rich grass, reaching from Hithlum and the Ered Wethrin in the west to the Ered Luin in the east, and rising into highlands of Dorthonion in the south. But the plain was laid waste by rivers of flame and poisonous gases in the Dagor Bragollach and renamed Anfauglith ("Gasping Dust").

The battle of Nírnaeth Arnoediad was fought in the plain, and the dead piled up in a hill in the midst of the plain, named Haudh-en-Ndengin, the Hill of Slain, by the Elves, and Haudh-en-Nirnaeth, the Hill of Tears, and grass grew again upon the hill and nowhere else in Anfauglith.

Like the other lands around it, Anfauglith sank beneath the waves after the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age.

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