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Belfalas

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Belfalas
Physical Description
TypeRegion
LocationSouthern Gondor
RealmsGondor, Dol Amroth
InhabitantsMen, Elves
General Information
EventsWar of the Ring

Belfalas was a region of southern Gondor, encompassing the coast from the mouth of the Anduin to Dol Amroth.[1]

[edit] History

Belfalas formed a part of Dor-en-Ernil, or the "Prince's land". The Prince in question here was the Lord of Dol Amroth, who lived at the city bearing his name.

At the start of the second millennium of the Third Age, a certain Imrazôr the Númenórean lived in and ruled over the Belfalas. He married Mithrellas, a Silvan Elf of Lórien, and their son Galador became the first Prince of Dol Amroth.

The Belfalas was also home to an old Elf haven named Edhellond. Its chief city was the Prince's residence of Dol Amroth.

South of the Belfalas lay a great Bay, which was named after it the Bay of Belfalas.

During the War of the Ring, the Belfalas was raided by the Corsairs of Umbar, and therefore did not send any men to help defend Minas Tirith, until Aragorn liberated the coast with the Grey Company, freeing Gondor's southern armies to follow him north to relieve Minas Tirith.

[edit] Etymology

The name Belfalas consists of bel (a Pre-Númenórean element of unknown meaning) + Sindarin falas ("shore").[1]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 15