Bay of Belfalas

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The Bay of Belfalas, also called the windy Bay of Bel,[1] was a great gulf of the Great Sea between the cape of Andrast and Umbar.[2]

In the east of the bay the river Anduin flowed into the bay with the island of Tolfalas near its mouth. The Gondorian fief of Belfalas was located north west of Tolfalas.[3]

The shores around the Bay were mostly desolate in the Second Age, except from the late First Age settlement of Sindar which became the haven Edhellond.[4][5]

During the Drowning of Númenor, the Bay of Belfalas was much filled at the east and south, and land upheaved around it. Anduin carved a new path by many mouths to the Bay.[6] Tolfalas was almost destroyed, and was left at last like a barren and lonely mountain in the water not far from the issue of the River.

The coasts of Gondor were assaulted by the Corsairs of Umbar. In T.A. 2758 three fleets from Umbar attacked and waged war on all the Gondorian coasts until Beregond overcame the invaders.[7]

Other names

In Sindarin, the Bay of Belfalas was called Côf Belfalas, or Côf gwaeren Bêl ("the windy Bay of Bêl").[2]

Etymology

The name Belfalas is composed of Mannish bel + Sindarin falas.[2]

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