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Losgar

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, because he considered the host of Fingolfin and Finrod to be "needless baggage on the road", saying " Let those that cursed my name, curse me still, and whine their way back to the cages of the Valar".

In the event, the Noldor left behind chose instead to march across the deadly Helcaraxë.[1]

According to a legend, another reason to burn the ships at Losgar was to prevent some Noldor from turning back, such as his own son Amrod, who was uncomfortable with his father's deeds. According to this legend, Amrod died as he was still sleeping inside the first ship burned.[2]

References

  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"