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Taur-en-Faroth

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Taur-en-Faroth
Physical Description
TypeForest/Hills
LocationMeeting of the Narog and Ringwil, west side of former
RealmsNargothrond
InhabitantsPetty-dwarves then Noldor
DescriptionWooded hills
General Information
Other namesHigh Faroth, Faroth
EtymologyS. taur "forest" + in "the" + faroth "?hunters"
EventsFall of Nargothrond

Taur-en-Faroth was the range of wooded hills that rose up above the western side of the River Narog. They were part of the Realm of Nargothrond.

The hills themselves were the western end of the Andram. It was among these hills that the stream of Ringwil rose and cascaded down into the main river.[1] In their steep eastern sides above the Narog, there was a network of caverns.[2]

In ancient times, these Caverns of Narog known as Nulukkizdîn, had been home to Petty-dwarves who dwelt there in secret[3] before the arrival of Finrod. What became of the Petty-Dwarves at this time is not recorded, but at least some escaped to dwell in Amon Rûdh.[4]

[edit] Etymology

The name is translated in full as Forest of the Hunters.[5]

These uplands were also called High Faroth[2][6] or Hills of the Hunters in the Lay of Leithian[7].

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Of Mîm the Dwarf"
  5. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Taur-en-Faroth"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"