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General Information
LocationNorth of Gulf of Lune, west of Blue Mountains
Major townsForlond
InhabitantsElves of Lindon

Forlindon was a name for the northern part of Lindon, north of the Gulf of Lune and west of the Blue Mountains. The land was traversed by a river which ended on the northern shore of the Gulf; the haven of Forlond was built there, on its mouths.[1] Off its north-western coasts stood the island of Himring, where Maedhros's fortress had once stood.[2]

[edit] History

Prior to the Great Battle the land of Lindon had been part of Ossiriand; afterwards the remnant was called Lindon, split into Forlindon and Harlindon by the newly created Gulf of Lune.[3]

Gil-Galad lived in Forlindon in the Second Age.[4]

[edit] Etymology

The name Forlindon likely means "North Lindon",[5] apparently derived from forn (Sindarin; "right, north") + lindon.[6]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 30 (note 47)
  6. Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth at (accessed 22 October 2011)