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Straits of the World

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The Straits of the World was a strait of mountainous land linking the Great Gulf with the Inland Sea of Helcar in the First Age of the world.[1]

[edit] Fate

It is unknown what became of the Straits after the Sea of Helcar drained into the Great Gulf. Karen Wynn Fonstad has speculated in The Atlas of Middle-earth that the Straits of the World survived after the draining of Helcar, becoming the river Poros.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "V. The Ambarkanta" p. 259
  2. Karen Wynn Fonstad (1991), The Atlas of Middle-earth