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Tol Galen

Lúthien at Tol Galen by Ted Nasmith
Tol Galen was the green isle set amidst the waters of the River Adurant in Ossiriand.[1]

[edit] History

After their return to Middle-earth, Beren and Lúthien dwelt in Tol Galen for the remainder of their time within the confines of . It was here that their son, Dior, was born. The country surrounding Tol Galen later came to be known as Dor Firn-i-Guinar.[2]

After the death of Thingol, Beren left Tol Galen and, with his son and a host of Green-elves, came to the north of the River Ascar. At Sarn Athrad they assailed the Dwarves of Nogrod returning from Doriath with their plunders. The Dwarves were defeated and all the treasure was thown into the Ascar, save one. The Silmaril, set within the Nauglamír and taken from the crown of Morgoth himself, came back into the hands Beren. He took it back to Tol Galen. It is told that when Lúthien wore the Necklace of the Dwarves 'the Land of the Dead that Live became like a vision of the land of the Valar, and no place has been since so fair, so fruitful, or so filled with light.'[3]

[edit] Etymology

Tol Galen means "The Green Isle",[4] consisting of the Sindarin words tol ("island") + calen ("green").[5]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  5. Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth at Tolkiendil.com (accessed 10 November 2011)