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Rerir

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Mount Rerir
Mountain
General Information
LocationThe northern reaches of the Blue Mountains
TypeMountain
Major townsThe fortress of Caranthir and his people were around Lake Helevorn beneath Mount Rerir[1]
People and History
InhabitantsNoldor
DestroyedPossibly destroyed at the end of the First Age[note 1]
EventsDagor Bragollach

Mount Rerir was a mountain on the western side of the Ered Luin, in Thargelion (a region of Beleriand) to the north of Lake Helevorn, and it was one of the sources of Gelion.[2]

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History

The land around the mountain belonged to Caranthir, who built a fortress on its western slopes.[3] The fortress was lost during Dagor Bragollach.[4] Elven forces probably withdrew from the area after the battle, and most definitely after Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[5]

Etymology

Rerir is a name in an unknown language, and of an unknown meaning.[6]

Robert Foster proposes the name is Sindarin.[7]

Inspiration

Perhaps J.R.R. Tolkien re-used a name appearing in Norse mythology: in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, Rerir is the name of the grandson of Ódin.[8]

Notes

  1. The lands westward of the Blue Mountains were largely consumed by the Sea in the aftermath of the War of Wrath, but the mountains themselves survived. Mount Rerir stood out to the west of the range, but whether it survived the cataclysm or not is unclear. Maps of this region from the Third Age show highlands where Rerir once stood, but no single peak is shown or labelled. The implication is that Rerir was greatly reduced during the final War of the First Age, but probably not entirely overwhelmed.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. 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 Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  6. David Salo, "Re: Rerir, Asfaloth and articles" dated 23 June 1999, Elfling mailing list (accessed 12 April 2021)
  7. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Rerir"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, p. 72