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Haerast, the Far Shore, referred to the north-eastern coast of Aman (specifically Araman) as seen from Nevrast across the Belegaer. Haerast was the opposite of Nevrast, the Hither Shore of Beleriand.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Haerast is a Sindarin name.[2] The meaning "Far Shore"[note 1] is its translation[3] analyzed as *hae "far" + *rast "shore".[4]

These words have not been attested in canon by themselves, but can be deduced etymologically. Hae represents root KHAYA, also seen in words na-chaered,[5] haeron,[6] cf. also Q. háya "far"[7]). While rast is seen in the names Andrast, Nevrast, cf. also Q. hresta "shore, beach".[8]


  1. The name is given from the point of view of a Sindarin speaker, situated in Beleriand, and obviously it is not a native Amanian/Valinorean name.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", Nevrast
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 27
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Haerast"
  4. Lena, "Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth, H" dated 1 October 2003, (accessed 26 January 2022)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann, The Road Goes Ever On, "A Elbereth Gilthoniel"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (iii) "The House of Eorl"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry KHAYA
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays, "A Secret Vice", Oilima Markirya