North Sea

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North Sea
Ocean
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"The First Map" in composite version by Christopher Tolkien
General Information
Locationwest of the Icebay of Forochel
TypeOcean
RegionsForochel
History
Createdpossibly due to the War of Wrath

The North Sea of Middle-earth was a sea that was located just to the west of the Icebay of Forochel.[1][2]

History[edit | edit source]

Given that the North Sea is just west of the Icebay of Forochel, a place which was once a part of the lands to the north of Beleriand, it seems possible that the North Sea was at least partly formed as a result of the War of Wrath.[3] It is unclear, however, if the North Sea was a sea in its own right, a predecessor of the Belegaer, another name for the Icebay of Forochel, or a name for the northern parts of Belegaer.

Islands[edit | edit source]

The North Sea lies just to the northeast of the following islands:

Bays and inlets[edit | edit source]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

The North Sea is not marked on any of the maps that were published with The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth or The Silmarillion and is not mentioned in the text of those works. J.R.R. Tolkien pencilled in the name on the First Map of The Lord of the Rings and Christopher Tolkien included the label at the G 4-5 "coordinates" on the map that he drew in 1943, "though inadvertently omitted on Map I".[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "XV. The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Maps I and IA", Map I, p. 302 and commentary on p. 301
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "First Map of The Lord of the Rings", (accessed 29 December 2020), fainted pencilled label on map squares A 2, B 2 and C 2
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", third paragraph, "Beleriand was broken and laid waste; and northward and westward many lands sank beneath the waters of the Great Sea"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "XV. The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Maps I and IA", p. 301