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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.


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.