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Dol Amroth

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Being a coastal city, Dol Amroth was subject to occasional attacks by the [[Corsairs of Umbar]].  The fifteenth prince was slain in battle against these sea raiders in {{TA|2746}}.<ref>{{PM|Elendil}}, ''The House of Dol Amroth'', p. 222</ref>
 
Being a coastal city, Dol Amroth was subject to occasional attacks by the [[Corsairs of Umbar]].  The fifteenth prince was slain in battle against these sea raiders in {{TA|2746}}.<ref>{{PM|Elendil}}, ''The House of Dol Amroth'', p. 222</ref>
  
In all there were twenty-one Princes of Dol Amroth before the twenty-second, [[Imrahil]], led a contingent of 700 men from the city to [[Minas Tirith]] during the War of the Ring.<ref name="Minas Tirith"/>
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In all there were twenty-one Princes of Dol Amroth before the twenty-second, [[Imrahil]], led a company of knights and a contingent of 700 men from the city to [[Minas Tirith]] during the War of the Ring.<ref name="Minas Tirith"/>
  
 
The emblem of the Prince of Dol Amroth was a silver-upon-blue banner, bearing a ship with a swan-prow upon the sea.<ref>{{RK|VI4}}</ref>
 
The emblem of the Prince of Dol Amroth was a silver-upon-blue banner, bearing a ship with a swan-prow upon the sea.<ref>{{RK|VI4}}</ref>

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The name Amroth refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Amroth (disambiguation).
Jan Pospisil - Dol Amroth.jpg
Dol Amroth
Physical Description
TypePromontory, castle, and city
LocationBelfalas
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsMen
General Information
EtymologyS. dol "hill" + Amroth "Upclimber"

Dol Amroth was a promontory situated on a peninsula in Gondor facing the Bay of Belfalas. Its northern shore defined part of Cobas Haven, the small bay into which the Morthond River flowed.[1] Upon the headland the Princes of Dol Amroth established a castle and thus Dol Amroth referred to this stronghold and to the neighboring port-city, the chief city of the fief of Belfalas.[2] Within the walls of the city was the Sea-ward Tower or Tirith Aear, [3] which had a bell that was rung for the benefit of mariners.[4]

The people of Dol Amroth were tall, grey-eyed, and dark-haired.[2] They were famous as the most skillful harp players in all of Gondor, who played at the coronation of Aragorn.[5] The inhabitants of Dol Amroth and in the lands nearby were some of the few people of Gondor who spoke Sindarin on a daily basis.[6]

History

Before Dol Amroth was inhabited by Men there was a settlement of Elves about 50 miles north of the promontory, at Edhellond,[7] that had been established by refugees from Beleriand.[8] According to one story, Galadriel and Celeborn dwelt at Dol Amroth during the time when Elves lived in the land.[9] The last of these Elves would depart in T.A. 1981 when the Elvish king Amroth was lost at sea.[10] It was from the name of this king that Dol Amroth (the "Hill of Amroth") took its name.

The fief of Belfalas was ruled by a family of the Faithful. They were given title to the land by Elendil, with whom they were kin. They built their stronghold upon the promontory, but it was not known as Dol Amroth until the drowning of the Elven king. The first Prince of Dol Amroth was Galador, the son of Imrazôr, who according to legend married the Elven-lady Mithrellas.[11]

Being a coastal city, Dol Amroth was subject to occasional attacks by the Corsairs of Umbar. The fifteenth prince was slain in battle against these sea raiders in T.A. 2746.[12]

In all there were twenty-one Princes of Dol Amroth before the twenty-second, Imrahil, led a company of knights and a contingent of 700 men from the city to Minas Tirith during the War of the Ring.[2]

The emblem of the Prince of Dol Amroth was a silver-upon-blue banner, bearing a ship with a swan-prow upon the sea.[13]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", note 18, p. 255
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel", p. 247
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn", p. 240
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", Note 39, p. 316
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", The House of Dol Amroth, p. 222
  13. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"