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Drengist

A Battle in the Firth of Drengist by Mysilvergreen
Drengist was a firth in Beleriand. The Belegaer broke through the Ered Lómin and ended in the Cirith Ninniach. The lands it separated were Lammoth to the north, and Nevrast to the south.[1] Outside the firth was the little-known island of Ened.

[edit] History

Fëanor and the Noldor landed on the shores of Drengist, and their ships were burned at Losgar, which was located at the outlet of the bay.[2] From there, Fëanor and his host pierced into Hithlum.[3]

[edit] Etymology

In an early manuscript by Tolkien, Drengist is glossed as the Elvish equivalent of Old English Nearufléot. The latter name is said by Christopher Tolkien to consist of nearu ("narrow") + fléot ("arm of the sea, estuary, firth").[4] The Elvish etymology of the name Drengist itself, however, appears to have been nowhere explained by Tolkien.

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 the Flight of the Noldor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: Appendix 1: Fragments of a translation of The Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names", p. 210