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Echoriad

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The Echoriath formed a natural circle of rock, enclosing the valley later called [[Tumladen]], within which lay the [[Elves|Elven]] city of [[Gondolin]]. A hidden ravine provided the only access through the Echoriath — a way guarded by seven gates.
 
The Echoriath formed a natural circle of rock, enclosing the valley later called [[Tumladen]], within which lay the [[Elves|Elven]] city of [[Gondolin]]. A hidden ravine provided the only access through the Echoriath — a way guarded by seven gates.
 
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==Etymology==
Echoriath is [[Sindarin]]. It means "encircling fence", from ''[[echor]]'' "encircling" and ''[[iâth]]'' "fence". The name ''Echoriad'' does not contain ''iâth'' and perhaps means simply "encircling"
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Echoriath is [[Sindarin]]. It means "encircling fence", from ''[[echor]]'' "encircling" and ''[[iâth]]'' "fence".  
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The name ''Echoriad'' is perhaps simply a gerund meaning "encircling", from a possible verb *''[[echoria]]'' "to encircle".
  
 
[[Christopher Tolkien]] mentioned that his father's intent was to rename the Echoriath as ''Echoriad'', but perhaps this knowledge eluded him while publishing ''[[The Silmarillion]]''.
 
[[Christopher Tolkien]] mentioned that his father's intent was to rename the Echoriath as ''Echoriad'', but perhaps this knowledge eluded him while publishing ''[[The Silmarillion]]''.

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The Echoriath or Echoriad, meaning Encircling Mountains were a mountain range in the north of Beleriand.

The Echoriath formed a natural circle of rock, enclosing the valley later called Tumladen, within which lay the Elven city of Gondolin. A hidden ravine provided the only access through the Echoriath — a way guarded by seven gates.

Etymology

Echoriath is Sindarin. It means "encircling fence", from echor "encircling" and iâth "fence".

The name Echoriad is perhaps simply a gerund meaning "encircling", from a possible verb *echoria "to encircle".

Christopher Tolkien mentioned that his father's intent was to rename the Echoriath as Echoriad, but perhaps this knowledge eluded him while publishing The Silmarillion.

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