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Barad Eithel

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Barad Eithel
Physical Description
TypeFortress
LocationEred Wethrin
RealmsHithlum
InhabitantsNoldor
General Information
EtymologyS. 'Tower of the Well': barad "tower" + eithel "well, gen."
EventsNirnaeth Arnoediad

Barad Eithel (S. 'Tower of the Well': barad "tower" + eithel "well, gen."[1]) was the mountain fortress of Fingolfin and his son Fingon, thus the seat (until the Nirnaeth Arnoediad) of the High Kings of the Noldor. It was set in the eastern foothills of the Ered Wethrin, at the source of the River Sirion.[2] It was here that the Battle of Unnumbered Tears took place, and where Fingon was slain, giving Morgoth the chance to take control over the chief stronghold of both Mithrim and Dor-lómin.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"