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Fingolfin Leads the Host Across the Helcaraxë by Ted Nasmith.

The Helcaraxë (pron. N [ˌhelkaˈrakse], V [ˌxelkaˈrakse]) was the perilous icy wastes that formerly lay between Aman and Middle-earth in the far north of the world. Fingolfin and his people made their way into Middle-earth across the treacherous wastes of the Helcaraxë at the beginning of the First Age.

A name for this region was also the "Narrow Ice", used by Bilbo Baggins in his poem Song of Eärendil.[1]


The word is composed of Quenya helca "ice" and caraxe "jagged hedge of spikes" and means "grinding ice".


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"