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Tol Morwen

The name Morwen refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Morwen (disambiguation).
Tol Morwen
Physical Description
TypeIsland
LocationWest of Forlindon
DescriptionAn Island off the western coast of Middle-Earth
General Information
EventsSinking of Beleriand

Tol Morwen was an island off the coast of Forlindon.

[edit] History

Tol Morwen was the site of the Stone of the Hapless and the grave of Morwen Eledhwen, hence its name. It was the westernmost of the islands that were created when Beleriand was sunk in the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age.[1]

[edit] Location

Approximate (speculative) location of Tol Morwen.

The place is only attested in the texts, and neither the grave of Morwen nor the later island are represented on any of Tolkien's map published so far. Being close to the gorge of Cabed-en-Aras, the location of this site may nevertheless reasonably be inferred near the gorges of the Teiglin and above its ravines.[2]

Superimposing the map of Beleriand in the First Age and the map of the Westlands in the Third Age therefore allows to approximate the location of the island.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels
  3. See for instance Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth
Remnants of Drowned Beleriand
 Isles:  Himring · Tol Fuin · Tol Morwen
Mainland:  Lindon · Iron Mountains