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Ted Nasmith - The Burning of the Ships

Losgar was a place at the mouth of the Firth of Drengist, in Lammoth, the cold lands northwest of Beleriand.

It was here that Fëanor landed during the Long Night with the stolen swan-ships of the Falmari, and gave the order to burn them, to force the host of Fingolfin and Finrod to march across the deadly Helcaraxë.[1] According to a legend, another reason to do so was to prevent some Noldor from turning back, such as his own som Amrod, who was uncomfortable with his father's deeds. Amrod died as he was still sleeping inside the first ship burned.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The names of the Sons of Fëanor"