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Dorthonion

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Dorthonion was a forested highland region in the north of Beleriand. The hilly northeastern section was called Ladros. Dorthonion was walled-in by the Echoriath ("Encircling Mountains") in the west and the Ered Gorgoroth ("Mountains of Terror") in the south.[1]

From the plains of Ard-galen to the north, Dorthonion rose gradually until it became a bleak land of tarns and bare tors near the precipices of the Ered Gorgoroth. In the north and the west the land was covered with great forests of pines.[2]

History

During the tumult when the Valar broke the gates of Utumno after the awakening of the elves, the highlands of Dorthonion were first raised.[3].

In year 6 of the First Age[4] King Thingol gave permission to the Noldor to settle the northern lands of Beleriand.[5] North Dorthonion was ruled by the Elf-lords Angrod and Aegnor and Ladros was ruled by Finrod.[2]

After Finrod and his people removed to Nargothrond in the south, High King Fingolfin granted the land of Ladros to the House of Bëor as a fiefdom.[6]

In F.A. 455 Dorthonion was overrun by the armies of Morgoth in the Dagor Bragollach ("Battle of Sudden Flame") and thereafter was called Taur-nu-Fuin ("Forest under Nightshade").[7]

Many, many years later, on 29 February, T.A. 3019,[8] Treebeard chanted to Merry and Pippin as he carried them through Fangorn Forest and he mentioned "To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter."[9]

Etymology

Dorthonion means "Land of the Pine Trees" in Sindarin (from dôr = "land, dwelling-place" and thôn = "pine tree").[10]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §64
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"