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'''Maglor's Gap''' is a lowland region of [[Middle-earth]], lying between [[Himring]] and the [[Blue Mountains]], the widest break in the northern mountain-fences of [[Beleriand]]. It was guarded against the forces of [[Morgoth]] in the early [[First Age]] by [[Maglor]], second son of [[Fëanor]].
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'''Maglor's Gap''' was the open area between the hills surrounding [[Himring]] and an extension of the [[Ered Luin]] just north of [[Mount Rerir]]. It was the widest break in the northern mountain-fences of [[Beleriand]].<ref>{{S|Map}}</ref>
  
During the [[Dagor Bragollach]], they were defeated; Maglor fled to [[Himring]], along with most survivors of the battle in that region.
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Due to the open terrain it was through this gap that [[Orcs]] entered East [[Beleriand]] before the [[Dagor Aglareb]].  In response the [[Noldor]] kept cavalry in the nearby plains, [[Caranthir]] fortified the mountains to the east of the gap (establishing his base beside Lake [[Helevorn]]), and [[Maedhros]] constructed his stronghold on the Hill of [[Himring]] to the west.<ref>{{S|Beleriand}}</ref>
  
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Most of these preparations came to naught during the [[Dagor Bragollach]].  The Orcs overwhelmed the Elves' cavalry upon the [[Lothlann]] and the dragon [[Glaurung]] passed through Maglor's Gap to destroy all of the land between the arms of [[Gelion]].  The fortresses upon Rerir's western slopes were destroyed and [[Thargelion]] was ravaged.  Only Himring was successfully defended, to which Maglor himself fled along with most survivors of the battle in that region.<ref>{{S|Fingolfin}}</ref>
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Latest revision as of 02:19, 30 September 2011

Maglor's Gap was the open area between the hills surrounding Himring and an extension of the Ered Luin just north of Mount Rerir. It was the widest break in the northern mountain-fences of Beleriand.[1]

Due to the open terrain it was through this gap that Orcs entered East Beleriand before the Dagor Aglareb. In response the Noldor kept cavalry in the nearby plains, Caranthir fortified the mountains to the east of the gap (establishing his base beside Lake Helevorn), and Maedhros constructed his stronghold on the Hill of Himring to the west.[2]

Most of these preparations came to naught during the Dagor Bragollach. The Orcs overwhelmed the Elves' cavalry upon the Lothlann and the dragon Glaurung passed through Maglor's Gap to destroy all of the land between the arms of Gelion. The fortresses upon Rerir's western slopes were destroyed and Thargelion was ravaged. Only Himring was successfully defended, to which Maglor himself fled along with most survivors of the battle in that region.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"