Dor Firn-i-Guinar

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Dor Firn-i-Guinar
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"Tinúviel Reborn" by Ted Nasmith
General Information
LocationSouthern Ossiriand, around Tol Galen

Dor Firn-i-Guinar, the Land of the Dead that Live, was the name given by the Eldar to the region surrounding the isle of Tol Galen in southern Ossiriand, where Beren and Lúthien lived after their return from the dead.[1] It is told that the country was exceptionally beautiful, even reminding of the blessed land of Valinor.[2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Dor Firn-i-Guinar is the name appearing in the published Silmarillion,[3] apparently consisting of the Sindarin elements dor "land" + firn "dead" + in "who, that" + cuinar "live".[4]

In his manuscripts, Tolkien experimented with many variations on how to translate Land of the Dead that Live: I·Cuilwarthon, I·Guilwarthon, Cuilwarthien, Gwerth-i-cuina, and Gwerth-i-guinar.[5] In a 1972 letter, Tolkien used the name Dor Gyrth i chuinar.[6]