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Of Beleriand and its Realms

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'''Of Beleriand and Its Realms''' is the fourteenth chapter of the ''[[Quenta Silmarillion]]'' section within ''[[The Silmarillion]]''.
[[File:Christopher Tolkien - The Realms of the Noldor and the Sindar.jpg|300px|left|thumb|''The Realms of the Noldor and the Sindar'' by [[Christopher Tolkien]]]]
The northwest regions of [[Middle-earth]] were known as [[Beleriand]]. This was the realm to the east of the [[Blue Mountains]] and [[Eriador]].
In the days before the awakening of the [[Elves]], [[Morgoth]] had built the great fortress of [[Utumno]], but this was overthrown by the [[Valar]]. Yet he escaped and came back to Middle-earth, where he remade a second fortress called [[Angband]]. This was covered by three mighty pillars of slag called [[Thangorodrim]]. Morgoth delved great tunnels and pits into the earth. And there his evil things dwelt and his armies grew.
To the west of Angband was the realm of [[Hithlum]], or Hísilóme the land of Mist in [[Quenya]], for it was called this due to the great smoke Morgoth created when the Noldor first came to Beleriand. This was ruled by [[Fingolfin]]. His son [[Fingon]] received the rule of [[Dor-lómin]]. The region became known for its horses and cavalry.
To the west of Hithulm was the land of [[Nevrast]], ruled by the other son of Fingolfin named [[Turgon]]. This was a land circled by mountains and hills. The land itself was wet and had many marshes. Turgon's halls were in [[Vinyamar]].
To the south of [[Ard-galen]] was the highland of [[Dorthonion]], a land of forests ruled by [[Angrod]] and [[Aegnor]], two brothers of [[Finrod Felagund]] who served as his vassals. The tower of [[Minas Tirith (Beleriand)|Minas Tirith]], manned by Finrod's last brother [[Orodreth]], was in [[Tol Sirion]] between Dorthonion and the [[Shadowy Mountains]].
Beleriand itself was a land criss-crossed by rivers such as the [[Narog]], but the greatest river was the [[Sirion]], which ran down the length of Beleriand and cut it into eastern and western halves. Finrod became the ruler of all Elves on the western half except for the Elves of the [[Falas]], who were led by [[Círdan]]. But both he and Finrod were allies, and together they built havens in [[Brithombar]] and [[Eglarest]].
On the middle of Beleriand, [[Thingol]] was the mightiest Elf-lord, ruling the realm of [[Doriath]]. On his northern border was the horrible [[Nan Dungortheb]] where evil spiders dwelt. Doriath extended from Sirion in the west border to the river [[Aros]] in the south and east.
Sirion was not the only great river of Berleriand. It had tributaries such as the River [[Narog]]. Where the Narog river flowed into the [[Ringwil]] was a great gorge, where Finrod Felagund founded the realm of Nargothrond. It was a hidden city, protected by both the river and the gorge.
To the east of Doriath was the territory of the [[Sons of Fëanor]] in [[East Beleriand]]. This region was cut in pieces by the River Gelion and its tributaries. In the south six rivers broke off it, giving the region the name of [[Ossiriand]], the land of seven rivers. This was the home of the [[Green-elves]] who had never left Beleriand on the [[Great Journey]]. This land would later be known as [[Lindon]] in later days.
To the north of Ossirand was the lands owned by the Sons of Fëanor. Maedhros owned the northernmost territory that was closest to [[Angband]], for it was a flat and open area that was vulnerable to attack. This would be known as the [[March of Maedhros]]. His capital was a fortress named [[Himring]]. [[Maglor]] his brother guarded the territory to the east where there was a gap in the hills.
[[Celegorm]] and [[Curufin]] would be rulers of the land to the south in [[Aglon]]. [[Caranthir]] ruled the land along the river Gelion beside the [[Blue Mountains]], and here he would have dealings with the [[Dwarves]] of [[Nogrod]] and [[Belegost]]. Finally, [[Amrod]] and [[Amras]] controlled the southernmost part of East Beleriand on the western side of Gelion.
==External links==
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