The Mereth Aderthad
("Feast of Reuniting") was the great celebratory feast held at the order of High King Fingolfin
in the twentieth year after
the first rising of the Sun[note 1]
. The feast was held by the Pools of Ivrin
, under the Mountains of Shadow
to the north of Beleriand
. Its purpose was to unite all of the divided Elves
in one cause, and ambassadors came from all the peoples and realms of Beleriand. As well as Elves from the separate branches of the Noldor
, native Grey-elves
were also present, including some from Doriath
and the Falas
. Ambassadors even came from the Green-elves
, the people of distant Ossiriand
in the east.
The Feast was hailed as a great success, and the Elves made common cause there against their great enemy to the north. For a few short years after the Mereth Aderthad, Beleriand enjoyed a time of peace and happiness before it was plunged into the Wars that would eventually destroy it.
- ↑ The Complete Guide to Middle-earth gives the date of F.A. 21, giving a different interpretation of the line "when twenty years of the Sun had passed"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"