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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 means something like 'outer circle fence' and can be analyzed as et-cor-iath. Cf. [[Rammas Echor]] and [[Doriath]].
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Echoriath is [[Sindarin]]. It means "encercling fence", from ''[[echor]]'' "encircling" and ''[[iâth]]'' "fence".
  
 
[[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]]''.
  
In that case, ''echoriad'' could be a gerundic form of a verb, possibly meaning 'encircling'.
 
 
[[Category:Mountains]]
 
[[Category:Mountains]]
 
[[Category:Beleriand]]
 
[[Category:Beleriand]]

Revision as of 12:48, 5 August 2008

The Echoriath or 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 "encercling fence", from echor "encircling" and iâth "fence".

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.