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Dor-en-Ernil was a coastland region of southern Gondor.[1] Its name is Sindarin for "Land of the Prince", a reference to the Princes of Dol Amroth. Its boundaries are not entirely clear: the maps in The Lord of the Rings seem to show it some miles to the east of Dol Amroth, separated from that headland by an unnamed range of hills. Given its connection to the Princes, though, it seems implausible that it would be disconnected from their citadel, so the placing of its label on the maps is probably no more than a convenience.[2] The most likely interpretation seems to be that the land of Dor-en-Ernil ran from coast to coast between the mouths of the Ringló and the Gilrain, to the north of the wide cape of Belfalas.

The title Prince, as applied to the Númenórean Lords of Belfalas, pre-dates the use of the name Dol Amroth[3] and so it is possible that these lands were referred to as belonging to 'the Prince' from as far back as the Second Age.

[edit] Etymology

Dor-en-Ernil consists of the Sindarin words dor "land" + en "of" + ernil "prince".[4]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel", note 14, p. 255
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", note 39, p. 316
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 12