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Falas

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Falas
Region
General Information
LocationCoastal region in West Beleriand
TypeRegion
Major townsBrithombar, Eglarest
People and History
InhabitantsElves (Falathrim)
EventsFirst Battle of Beleriand, Fall of the Falas
GalleryImages of Falas

The Falas was an area on the west coast of Beleriand, facing the Belegaer. The Falathrim, Sindarin Elves ruled by Círdan, dwelt here.

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[edit] Geography

The River Brithon and the River Nenning ran into the sea here. The Elves built the havens of Brithombar and Eglarest. Finrod built the tower of Barad Nimras ("White Horn Tower") on a cape of the Falas between Brithombar and Eglarest.

[edit] History

The Falas only occasionally enters into the events of the First Age; in the First Battle of Beleriand, Morgoth's host overran the Falas and besieged the two havens, but lifted the siege in order to join in the Second Battle.

Nargothrond had an alliance with the Falas. During the Siege of Angband (F.A. 65)[1], the Elves of Nargothrond aided the Falathrim in rebuilding the two Havens and made them fair and strong. They also built Barad Nimras to watch for attacks from the sea by Morgoth.[2]

The Havens of the Falas were finally destroyed in F.A. 473, and Círdan's people fled to the Mouths of Sirion and the Isle of Balar.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The word falas means "surfline, sea-shore" in Sindarin,[4] deriving from the root PHAL ("foam").[5]

[edit] Cognates

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §90
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", falas
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 62