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"Himring" by David Monette
General Information
LocationBetween the Pass of Aglon and Maglor's Gap; later as an island in Belegaer
DescriptionTall flat-topped treeless hill, fortified
People and History
EventsDagor Bragollach, Nirnaeth Arnoediad
GalleryImages of Himring

Himring was a hill in the northeast of Beleriand. It was east of the Pass of Aglon and west of Maglor's Gap.[1] The greatest hill of that region, it was wide-shouldered, treeless, with a flattened summit, and surrounded by numerous lesser hills.[2] After the drowning of Beleriand at the end of the First Age, the peak of Himring remained above the waves.[3]


[edit] History

[edit] The fortress of Maedhros

The fortress on Himring was built when the Sons of Fëanor went east after Thingol became aware of the Kinslaying. It was the chief fortress of Maedhros, eldest of the Sons of Fëanor, from which he guarded the north-eastern border region that became known as the March of Maedhros.[4]

The fortress stood firm through the Dagor Bragollach, and many survivors from the surrounding regions, including Maedhros' brother Maglor, rallied there. In the battle the Orcs had taken the Pass of Aglon, but Maedhros was later able to retake the Pass using the forces from Himring.[5]

Himring's fortress remained for centuries, until the Nirnaeth Arnoediad; it's possible that it was forsaken, as the sons of Fëanor would no longer have had the strength to man it, had they so chosen.[6]

[edit] The Island

Remnants of sunken Beleriand: the islands west of Forlindon, Tol Himling, Tol Fuin and (speculatively) Tol Morwen.

After the War of Wrath, when the western lands were flooded, the plains about the hill were drowned and the top of the hill was all that remained of Himring. Left standing as an island, Himring lay off the north-west coast, about twenty-five miles out from the shores of northern Lindon.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Literally, the name means "cool-cold".[7][8] Himring is translated as "Ever-cold".[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

On the original maps that accompany The Lord of the Rings, the island was labelled Himling, since this was Tolkien's early name for what later would become Himring in The Silmarillion.[3][9]


  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 Beleriand and its Realms"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Introduction", "The Map of Middle-earth"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  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 Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", him
  8. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 200
  9. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lxvii
Remnants of Drowned Beleriand
 Isles:  Himring · Tol Fuin · Tol Morwen
Mainland:  Lindon