Heath of the Sky-roof

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The Heath of the Sky-roof was an upland heath located about a league from the town of Tavrobel in Tol Eressëa, according to the early version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales.

It was the location of a great battle during the Faring Forth, after which it was called the Withered Heath, presumably due to the destruction that has taken place during the battle.[1]

Other names[edit | edit source]

The place was also called the High Heath, and the Heaven Roof.[2]

Its Gnomish name was Ladwen-na-Dhaideloth,[2] glossed as the "Heath of the Sky-roof", consisting of the elements ladwen ("levelness, flatness; plain, heath; plane; surface") + na ("of the") + dai ("sky") + teloth ("roofing, canopy, shelter").[3] An alternative form of the name was Ladwen Daideloth.[2]

Another name for the place was Dor-na-Dhaideloth,[2] meaning "Land of Heaven Roof", the first element of the name being dôr ("land, country").[4]

Inspiration[edit | edit source]

G. L. Elkin, the Acting Director of the Shugborough Estate, has suggested to Christopher Tolkien that the Heath of the Sky-roof might have been inspired by Hopton Heath, where in 1643, a battle of the Civil War was fought.

It was located a few miles away from Great Haywood which served as an inspiration for Tavrobel.[5]

Alternatively, according to John Garth, it might have been inspired by Cannock Chase, a small area of countryside in Staffordshire.[6]