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Mount Rerir
Physical Description
LocationNorthern Blue Mountains
DescriptionA large mountain

Mount Rerir was a mountain on the western side of the Ered Luin, in Thargelion (a region of Beleriand) to the north of Lake Helevorn, and it was one of the sources of Gelion.


[edit] History

The land around the mountain belonged to Caranthir, who built a fortress on its western slopes. The fortress was lost during Dagor Bragollach. Elven forces probably withdrew from the area after the battle, and most definitely after Nirnaeth Arnoediad.

After the War of Wrath, Rerir was apparently heavily damaged, and from the Second Age onward it was but only a shadow of its former size.

[edit] Etymology

Rerir is a name in an unknown language, and of an unknown meaning.[1]

Robert Foster proposes the name is Sindarin.[2]

[edit] Inspiration

Perhaps J.R.R. Tolkien re-used a name appearing in Norse mythology: in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, Rerir is the name of the grandson of Ódin.[3]

[edit] References

  1. David Salo, "Re: Rerir, Asfaloth and articles" dated 23 June 1999, Elfling mailing list (accessed 28 November 2014)
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Rerir"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, p. 72