Barad Nimras

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Barad Nimras
Matěj Čadil - Barad Nimras.jpg
"Barad Nimras" by Matěj Čadil
General Information
LocationFalas, west of Eglarest
DescriptionWhite tower overlooking the sea
People and History
InhabitantsNoldor (Elves of Nargothrond) and/or Falathrim
CreatedF.A. 65
DestroyedF.A. 473, Fall of the Falas
GalleryImages of Barad Nimras

Barad Nimras was a tower on a headland westward of Eglarest,[1] built by Finrod Felagund in F.A. 65.[2]

Its purpose was to watch the western seas, and warn of any naval attack by Morgoth's forces. As Morgoth never mounted any attack from the ocean, the tower was never in fact needed.[3]

However, in the year after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad,[4] Morgoth did launch a land-based attack on Eglarest and Brithombar, and Barad Nimras was torn down at that time by the very foes it was meant to guard against.[5]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Barad Nimras is Sindarin for "Tower of the White Horn",[6] from barad ("tower"), nimp ("white") + ras ("horn"). It may be a reference to the tower itself, or perhaps to the narrow cape on which it stood.