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Formenos

Formenos
Fortress
Luis F. Bejarano - Formenos.jpg
"Formenos" by Luis F. Bejarano
General Information
LocationNorthern Valinor
TypeFortress
People and History
InhabitantsNoldor
EventsMurder of Finwë, theft of the Silmarils
GalleryImages of Formenos

Formenos (Years of the Trees 1490[1] – 1495,[2] inhabited for approx. 50 years) was the stronghold of Fëanor and his sons in the north of Valinor, built after his banishment from Tirion. A great number of the Noldor, including their king Finwë, went with Fëanor into exile.[3]

Fëanor's treasury was in Formenos, and Melkor came to the stronghold searching for the Silmarils. Here he slew Finwë before stealing the jewels and escaping to Middle-earth.[4]

[edit] Etymology

Formenos means "Northern Fortress" in Quenya (from formen = "north" and osto = "fortress"). Its Sindarin cognate is Fornost, the name of a different city.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Fourth section of the Annals of Aman", §99
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Fifth section of the Annals of Aman", §122
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"