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In the distant north of [[Middle-earth]], between the far reaches of the [[Blue Mountains]] and [[Misty Mountains]], lay a wide icy bay of the [[Great Sea]]. This was the mighty '''Icebay of Forochel''' (the name [[Forochel]] means 'northern ice'), which extended far into the coldest regions of the north of [[Arda]]. To the north and west, the bay was sheltered from the Sea by the curve of the [[Cape of Forochel]].
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The '''Icebay of Forochel''' was an immense body of water whose southern reach lay between the northern tips of the [[Blue Mountains]] and [[Misty Mountains]] and extended for hundreds of miles to the northeast. The mouth of the bay was in the southwest, between the Blue Mountains and the Cape of [[Forochel]], which separated most of the bay from the [[Belegaer|Great Sea]].<ref name="UTmap">{{UT|Map}}</ref>
  
Despite its freezing climate, tribes of [[Men]] lived around the shores of the Icebay. Far back in the [[Elder Days]], these were the people known as the [[Forodwaith (people)|Forodwaith]], but by the [[Third Age]], their descendants—the [[Lossoth]]—occupied the northern wastes in their place. Their main settlements were along the sheltered Cape, but they wandered far and wide around the Icebay, even venturing as far as the its southern coasts.
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==History==
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In the [[Elder Days]] some [[Men]] settled in the far north, a people known as the [[Forodwaith (people)|Forodwaith]], who endured the bitter cold of the realm of [[Morgoth]].  In the [[Third Age]] a remnant of these people were known as the [[Lossoth]] or the Snowmen of Forochel. Most of the Lossoth lived on the Cape of Forochel but there were some who camped along its southern shores.<ref name="Eriador">{{App|Eriador}}</ref>
  
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In {{TA|1974}} the kingdom of [[Arthedain]] was overrun by the forces of [[Angmar]].  King [[Arvedui]] fled to the north, first to the far end of the Blue Mountains and then, driven by hunger, to the camps of the Lossoth.  Partly from fear and partly from pity these people fed and sheltered the king and his men.  Then, in March of {{TA|1975|n}},<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref> a ship from [[Círdan]] reached the Icebay to take Arvedui and his party onboard.  After they set sail though a storm arose which crushed the ship in the ice and the king, his men, and all the mariners perished in the sea.<ref name="Eriador"/>
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==Other Versions of the Legendarium==
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In early versions of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' the words "Ice Bay of Forochel" were placed either adjacent to or in the smaller southern lobe of the bay.<ref>{{FR|Map}}</ref>  However, in the ''[[Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth]]'', [[Christopher Tolkien]] added an arrow after the label that pointed to the larger northeast part of the bay.<ref name="UTmap"/>  Christopher stated that his original map was marked incorrectly and that he had little doubt that the upper extension was part of the full bay.<ref>{{UT|Introduction}}, ''The Map of Middle-earth''</ref>  The full extent of the Icebay is shown on Map IA in ''[[The Treason of Isengard]]''.<ref>{{TI|MI}}, p. 303</ref>
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Latest revision as of 10:04, 11 April 2012

Icebay of Forochel
Physical Description
TypeBay
LocationForochel
InhabitantsLossoth
DescriptionFrozen bay partially contained by the Cape of Forochel
General Information
EventsLoss of Arvedui

The Icebay of Forochel was an immense body of water whose southern reach lay between the northern tips of the Blue Mountains and Misty Mountains and extended for hundreds of miles to the northeast. The mouth of the bay was in the southwest, between the Blue Mountains and the Cape of Forochel, which separated most of the bay from the Great Sea.[1]

[edit] History

In the Elder Days some Men settled in the far north, a people known as the Forodwaith, who endured the bitter cold of the realm of Morgoth. In the Third Age a remnant of these people were known as the Lossoth or the Snowmen of Forochel. Most of the Lossoth lived on the Cape of Forochel but there were some who camped along its southern shores.[2]

In T.A. 1974 the kingdom of Arthedain was overrun by the forces of Angmar. King Arvedui fled to the north, first to the far end of the Blue Mountains and then, driven by hunger, to the camps of the Lossoth. Partly from fear and partly from pity these people fed and sheltered the king and his men. Then, in March of 1975,[3] a ship from Círdan reached the Icebay to take Arvedui and his party onboard. After they set sail though a storm arose which crushed the ship in the ice and the king, his men, and all the mariners perished in the sea.[2]

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

In early versions of The Lord of the Rings the words "Ice Bay of Forochel" were placed either adjacent to or in the smaller southern lobe of the bay.[4] However, in the Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien added an arrow after the label that pointed to the larger northeast part of the bay.[1] Christopher stated that his original map was marked incorrectly and that he had little doubt that the upper extension was part of the full bay.[5] The full extent of the Icebay is shown on Map IA in The Treason of Isengard.[6]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Introduction", The Map of Middle-earth
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Maps I and IA", p. 303
Icebay of Forochel
Cape of Forochel Cape of Forochel Forodwaith
Belegaer WindRose3.pngForodwaith
Ered Luin, Lindon Hills of Evendim, North Downs. Eriador Carn Dûm, Angmar, Misty Mountains