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General Information
LocationThe western shorelands of Beleriand, around the mouths of the Rivers Brithon and Nenning
DescriptionThe shoreland realm of Círdan
People and History
DestroyedF.A. 473
EventsFirst Battle of Beleriand, Fall of the Falas
GalleryImages of Falas

The Falas was an area on the west coast of Beleriand, facing the Belegaer. The Falathrim, Sindarin Elves ruled by Círdan, dwelt here. It was widely regarded as one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas of Beleriand.


The River Brithon and the River Nenning ran into the sea here. The Elves built the havens of Brithombar and Eglarest. Finrod built the tower of Barad Nimras ("White Horn Tower") on a cape of the Falas between Brithombar and Eglarest.


The Falas only occasionally enters into the events of the First Age; in the First Battle of Beleriand, Morgoth's host overran the Falas and besieged the two havens, but lifted the siege in order to join in the Second Battle.

Nargothrond had an alliance with the Falas. During the Siege of Angband (F.A. 65)[1], the Elves of Nargothrond aided the Falathrim in rebuilding the two Havens and made them fair and strong. They also built Barad Nimras to watch for attacks from the sea by Morgoth.[2]

The Havens of the Falas were finally destroyed in F.A. 473, and Círdan's people fled to the Mouths of Sirion and the Isle of Balar.[3]


The word falas means "surfline, sea-shore" in Sindarin,[4] or "surf, wave-beaten shore"[5] deriving from the root PHAL ("foam").[6]

See also: Anfalas, Tolfalas, Falastur, Falathrim



  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §90
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", falas
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lxiii
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 62