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Barad Nimras

Barad Nimras
Tower
Matěj Čadil - Barad Nimras.jpg
"Barad Nimras" by Matěj Čadil
General Information
LocationFalas, west of Eglarest
TypeTower
DescriptionWhite tower overlooking the sea
People and History
InhabitantsNoldor, Falathrim
DestroyedF.A. 473, Fall of the Falas

Barad Nimras was a tower on a headland westward of Eglarest[1] built by Finrod Felagund. Its purpose was to watch the western seas, and warn of any naval attack by Morgoth's forces. As Morgoth never mounted any attack from the ocean, the tower was never in fact needed.[2] In the year after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, though, Morgoth did launch a land-based attack on Eglarest and Brithombar, and Barad Nimras was torn down at that time by the very foes it was meant to guard against.[3]

The name Barad Nimras means 'Tower of the White Horn',[4] but it's far from clear what the "white horn" represents. It may be a reference to the tower itself, or perhaps to the narrow cape on which it stood.

[edit] Etymology

Barad Nimras is a Sindarin name from barad "tower", nimp "white" and ras "horn".

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"