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Rerir

Mount Rerir
Physical Description
TypeMountain
LocationNorthern Blue Mountains
InhabitantsElves
DescriptionA large mountain

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.[1]

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[edit] History

The land around the mountain belonged to Caranthir, who built a fortress on its western slopes.[2] The fortress was lost during Dagor Bragollach.[3] Elven forces probably withdrew from the area after the battle, and most definitely after Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[4]

After the War of Wrath, Rerir was apparently heavily damaged, and from the Second Age onward it was but only a shadow of its former size.

[edit] Etymology

Rerir is a name in an unknown language, and of an unknown meaning.[5]

Robert Foster proposes the name is Sindarin.[6]

[edit] 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.[7]

[edit] 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 Beleriand and its Realms"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  5. David Salo, "Re: Rerir, Asfaloth and articles" dated 23 June 1999, Elfling mailing list (accessed 28 December 2014)
  6. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Rerir"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, p. 72