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Himring

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Himring
Physical Description
TypeFortified hill, later island
LocationBetween the Pass of Aglon and Maglor's Gap
RealmsMarch of Maedhros
InhabitantsNoldor
DescriptionTall flat-topped treeless hill
General Information
EventsDagor Bragollach, Nirnaeth Arnoediad

Himring was a hill in the northeast of Beleriand. It was east of the Pass of Aglon and west of Maglor's Gap.[1] It was wide-shouldered, treeless, with a flattened summit, and surrounded by numerous lesser hills.[2] After the drowning of Beleriand at the end of the First Age, the peak of Himring remained above the waves.[3]

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History

The fortress of Maedhros

The fortress on Himring was built when the Sons of Fëanor went east after Thingol became aware of the Kinslaying. It was the chief fortress of Maedhros, eldest of the Sons of Fëanor, from which he guarded the northeastern border region that became known as the March of Maedhros.[4]

The fortress stood firm through the Dagor Bragollach, and many survivors from the surrounding regions, including Maedhros' brother Maglor, rallied there. In the battle the Orcs had taken the Pass of Aglon, but Maedros was later able to retake the Pass using the forces from Himring.[5]

Himring's fortress remained for centuries, until the Nirnaeth Arnoediad; it is not mentioned after that in The Silmarillion as published, but the impression given is that it was forsaken, as the sons of Fëanor would no longer have had the strength to man it, had they so chosen.[6]

The Island

After the War of Wrath, when the western lands were flooded, the plains about the hill were drowned and the top of the hill was all that remained of Himring. Left standing as an island, Himring lay off the northwest coast, about twenty-five miles out from the shores of northern Lindon.[3]

Etymology

Himring is translated as "Ever-cold".[2]

Other Versions of the Legendarium

On the original maps that accompany The Lord of the Rings, the island was labelled Himling, since this was Tolkien's early name for what later would become Himring in The Silmarillion.[3][7]

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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Introduction", "The Map of Middle-earth"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  7. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lxvii
Remnants of Drowned Beleriand
 Isles:  Himring · Tol Fuin · Tol Morwen
Mainland:  Lindon · Iron Mountains