|"Forod" by Rob Alexander|
|Other names||Forodwaith (S)|
|Location||North of Angmar, Mount Gundabad and Ered Mithrin|
|Description||The icy, isolated north of Middle-earth|
|Regions||Forochel, Cape of Forochel|
|Gallery||Images of the Northern Waste|
History[edit | edit source]
The region was once inhabited by the Forodwaith, a hardy Mannish folk accustomed to the cold climate of the Northern Waste, whose name was also applied to the region. In later years the Lossoth, their remnants, lived mostly on the Cape of Forochel, but also camped on the southern shores of the Icebay of Forochel near the northern end of the Blue Mountains.
In T.A. 1981, one of the strongest storms in the history of Gondor came from the Northern Waste through Eriador into Gondor, tore the ship of Amroth from its moorings near the elven harbour of Edhellond and blew it out into the Bay of Belfalas.
According to Frodo Baggins's poem for Gandalf, Gandalf had travelled "from northern waste to southern hill". It is not known if Frodo meant the Northern Waste that lies north of the Mountains of Angmar and north of the Grey Mountains or some other waste in the north.
Dragons dwelt in the wastes beyond the Grey Mountains. It is not known if these wastes refer to the Northern Waste in the north of the Grey Mountains or to the Withered Heath in the north-east of the southern and longer eastern branch of the Grey Mountains, which was known for its dragons. After many years, the dragons multiplied and became strong and made war against the Dwarves. Among these dragons were Cold-drakes that drove the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains out of their homes.
Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]
On the First Map of The Lord of the Rings, a label "Forodwaith (Northerland)" is written in the area corresponding to the general area of Arnor. The comment "Forodwaith (or Eriador)" was added later on The 1943 Map of The Lord of the Rings. This and the absence of the name Eriador from earlier manuscripts suggest that Forodwaith was initially used as a name of the region that would be later called Eriador in the published book.
In the General Map of Middle-earth that was drawn by Christopher Tolkien and published with earlier editions of The Lord of the Rings, the northern portion of the Westlands is featureless, labelled as "NORTHERN WASTE", with the name "FORODWAITH", in slightly smaller letters, above the Mountains of Angmar. These labels could suggest that Forodwaith was a part of the wider Northern Waste, if not a smaller separate region. This nomenclature was carried over to Pauline Baynes's A Map of Middle-earth.
Later, Christopher Tolkien realized that the two names certainly seem to have been intended as synonymous, because Forodwaith seems to be explicitly equated with the Northern Waste in one of J.R.R. Tolkien's sketch-maps. The misunderstanding was corrected in his later map known as The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age, where only the name "FORODWAITH" appears, labeling all the blank portion north of the Mountains of Angmar and north of the Grey Mountains. On The Third Map of The Lord of the Rings the label "NORTHERN WASTE" north of the Mountains of Angmar and the Grey Mountains has a label "(FORODWAITH)" just below the first label.
Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]
Television[edit | edit source]
- September 1: A Shadow of the Past:
- Galadriel and her company investigates a fortress located within the Forodwaith Northern Waste which was the home of countless Hristorco, Trolls that had adapted to live within the harsh and cold climates of the North. Galadriel's company is ambushed by a Hristorco living within the fortress that they were investigating.[note 1]
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur", The North-kingdom and the Dúnedain, entry about King Arvedui including the footnote relating to the Snowmen of Forochel, p. 1041
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 1981, p. 1087
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel", pp. 359-360
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk", p. 1072
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "XV. The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Map II", p. 306
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Introduction", "The Map of Middle-earth", including the footnote relating to Forodwaith
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