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Pass of Aglon

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Pass of Aglon
Physical Description
TypePass
LocationBetween Dorthonion and Himring
RealmsThe ward of Celegorm and Curufin
InhabitantsNoldor
DescriptionA cold, windy, narrow pass, steep-sided on the west
General Information
Other namesThe Narrow Pass
EventsDagor Bragollach, Nirnaeth Arnoediad

The Pass of Aglon (or just Aglon), also called the Gorge of Aglon[1], was the pass between Dorthonion and the uplands west of Himring, to the northeast of Beleriand.[2]

It was about six leagues in length, with the western side bordering the Dorthonion Plateau rising in very high steep walls. It was chilly since a bitter wind continuously blew through the pass from the lands to the north.[3]

[edit] History

Two of the Sons of Fëanor, Celegorm and Curufin, heavily fortified this area, augmented by extra forces in Himlad. About ten leagues to the east, the pair's elder brother Maedhros had built upon the Hill of Himring his stronghold, thus protecting this weak point in the chain of kingdoms created by the Noldor after the Dagor-nuin-Giliath (Battle-under-Stars).[3]

In F.A. 455[4] during the Dagor Bragollach Orcs broke through Celegorm and Curufin's fortifications, leaving Maedhros' stronghold the center for re-grouping of Fëanor's sons. They later took back the Pass.[5] However, after Nirnaeth Arnoediad in 472[6] the Sons of Fëanor were scattered, the Pass of Aglon fell under Morgoth's domination,[7] and it was garrisoned by Orcs.[1] The Pass was never recovered, along with all of the land of northern Beleriand.

[edit] Etymology

Aglon means "the Narrow Pass".[8]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §242
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §148
  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 War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §219
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", Aglon