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Edhellond

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Edhellond
Harbour
John Howe - Edhellond.jpg
"Edhellond" by John Howe
General Information
Other namesAmroth's Haven[1]
LocationSouthern Gondor, confluence of the Ringló and Morthond rivers
TypeHarbour
DescriptionA far southern haven of the Elves
People and History
InhabitantsFounded by Sindar, later joined by many Silvan Elves
CreatedLate First Age[2]
EventsLoss of Amroth
GalleryImages of Edhellond

Edhellond was an ancient harbour in southern Gondor. It had been established south-west of where the Ringló entered the Morthond,[3] near where the combined waters flowed into Cobas Haven.[4]

[edit] History

Edhellond was founded in the late First Age by seafaring Sindar from the west havens of Beleriand who fled in three small ships when the power of Morgoth overwhelmed the Eldar and the Edain; but it was later increased by adventurers of the Silvan Elves seeking for the sea who came down Anduin.[2]

Another account states that the haven was established in the early Second Age by Elves from Lindon. They were a remnant of the people of Doriath who still harboured a grudge against the Noldor.[2] They learned the craft of shipbuilding at the Grey Havens and then settled at the mouth of the Morthond.[2]

From Edhellond, Elves began sailing westward from the time of the fall of Eregion in S.A. 1697.[5][6]

According to one story, Silvan Elves accompanied Galadriel from Lothlórien to this region after the defeat of Sauron in Eriador in the middle of the Second Age.[7] Another account states that Amroth ruled among the Silvan Elves here in the Second Age.[8]

Amroth, King of Lórien, was lost at sea near Edhellond in 1981 when he attempted to swim to shore to seek his beloved Nimrodel. The ship from which he jumped overboard was the last ship of Elves to leave from Edhellond, which was deserted from then on,[2] although remembered in the traditions of Men in Gondor.[6]

[edit] Etymology

Edhellond means "Elf Haven" in Sindarin (from edhel = "Elf"[9] and lond = "harbour, haven"[10]).

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "The Second Map", West, p. 434
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", edhel
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", londë