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Celon

Celon
Physical Description
TypeRiver
LocationNorthern part of East Beleriand
InhabitantsOrcs, then Elves
DescriptionSlender stream

Celon was a tributary of the Aros that rose in the highlands around Himring and flowed southwestwards until it met the Aros on the southern borders of Doriath. The woods of Nan Elmoth lay on its southwestern bank, and the river marked the boundary between Himlad and Estolad.[1] The Celon was not a great river and was referred to as a "slender stream".[2]

[edit] History

In the years of darkness before the return of the Noldor the Orcs of Morgoth established camps between Celon and Gelion, from which they plundered widely throughout East Beleriand.[3] After the Noldor had returned they created new realms; on the north flank of the Celon Celegorm and Curufin established themselves in Himlad while to the south lay the domains of Amrod and Amros.[4]

When the people of Bëor came to Beleriand, Finrod Felagund advised them to gather and settle upon the east banks of the Celon. Thereafter the land was called Estolad, which meant the "Encampment".[5]

After the death of Haldad and the rescue of the Haladin by Caranthir, the new leader, Haleth, led her people to Estolad where they dwelt for a time. Later though she removed her people westward to the Forest of Brethil.[5]

After the Dagor Bragollach the Orcs returned, coming down the Celon to encompass Doriath.[6]

[edit] Etymology

Celon means the "stream flowing down from heights".[7] The name was derived from et-kelē, the "issue of water, spring".[8]

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 Maeglin"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", Celon
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", kel-