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Belegost
Political information
EtymologyS. Great Fortress
Head of StateKing, Chieftain, or Lord of Belegost
Societal information
CapitalBelegost
LanguageKhuzdul, Sindarin
LocationNortheast of Mount Dolmed
PopulaceDwarves of Belegost
Historical information
Formed fromUnknown
EstablishmentUnknown, possibly the during Years of the Trees
DissolutionF.A. 587

Belegost was one of two great Dwarven cities in the Ered Luin.

Contents

Description

Belegost lay the north central part of the Ered Luin, north of Nogrod and northeast of Mount Dolmed,[1] guarding one of the only passes through the mountain range.[2]

History

Belegost was home to the Dwarves of Belegost. During the mid First Age its king until Nirnaeth Arnoediad was Azaghâl.[3]

Belegost was probably founded sometime during the Years of the Trees.[4]

At the end of the First Age, Belegost was ruined in the War of Wrath,[5] and apparently abandoned. Many Dwarves from Belegost joined Durin's folk in Khazad-dûm around T.A. 40.[6] However, there were always Dwarves on the Eastern side of the Blue Mountains.[source?]

Etymology

Belegost (beleg + ost) was a Sindarin translation of the original Dwarvish name Gabilgathol and both mean "Great City". Unlike other names of the Silmarillion, the text also gives us an English rendering, which was possibly from Westron: Mickleburg.[7] Mickle is a root meaning "big"; see also Michel Delving.

The city's Khuzdul name Gabilgathol contains the elements gabil "great" and gathol "fortress".

Túrosto was the name in Quenya for Belegost.[8]

In adaptations

In The Atlas of Middle-earth the fortress is incorrectly called Gabilgathod.[9]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, p. 24 ("But the Dwarves had built some great Mansions in those mountains [the Ered Luin] (commanding the only passes)")
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, p. 24 ("...which had certainly been founded long ago ... before the coming of the exiled Noldor, probably before the Eldar of the Great Journey ever reached Beleriand")
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix B. Elvish names for the Dwarves", p. 389
  9. Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth, Beleriand and the Lands to the North, Map