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Physical Description
LocationNorthern Waste
DescriptionFrigid region in the north of Middle-earth
General Information
EventsLoss of Arvedui

Forochel was one of the regions of the Northern Waste. It was the name of the icy tundra in the northern parts of Middle-earth, and especially of the great icebay and the lands that surrounded it. It was inhabited by the Lossoth, a hardy tribe of Men descended from the Forodwaith. Most Men of the region lived on the Cape of Forochel near the Great Sea of Belegaer but some built their villages on the shores of the Icebay itself.[1]

Like the rest of the Northern Waste, the source of Forochel's everlasting cold was an after-effect of Morgoth's frigid land that once existed there in the Elder Days. Even after the fall of the first Dark Lord and his realm, the lands of the north retained their freezing temperatures.

[edit] Etymology

The name is obviously Sindarin and means "northern ice", composed of forod "north" and *hel, a possible Sindarin word meaning "ice" (cf. KHELEK[2] and the struck-out Noldorin word hell "frost"[3]).

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Forochel is one of the regions of the game, accessed via the northern end of Evendim. The language and culture of its people, the Lossoth, are modeled after the Finnish. An aurora borealis effect can be seen in the sky. Prior to the release of Western Gondor, it was the only region in the game world where the ocean was visible, but players will freeze to death if attempting to swim in it.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  2. "Forochel", Parf Edhellen (accessed 30 November 2015)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 364 (root appearing as "KHEL-")