Of Beleriand And Its Realms
The Map Of Beleriand
A TEXTUAL MAP
OK, so nothing really happens in this chapter. Instead, it’s something like a textual map of Beleriand. The map of Beleriand included with The Silmarillion makes the layout of Beleriand look very complex. However, a few quick notes on Beleriand’s major boundaries will help:
North: Iron Mountains, the realm of Morgoth.
West: The Great Sea (Belegaer).
East: Blue Mountains (Ered Luin).
South: Beleriand extends far into the south, and it’s not really clear where it ends, nor does the action ever extend further south than Ossiriand.
Iron Mountains: The realm of Morgoth in the far north of Beleriand. This is not shown on the map of Beleriand in the book.
Hithlum: To the west of the Iron Mountains, this is the kingdom of Fingolfin and Fingon.
West Beleriand: West of the River Sirion, this is the realm of Finrod son of Finarfin. Also referred to as the realm of Nargothrond. Finrod’s realm also contains Cirdan’s realm.
East Beleriand: This vast land is broken up into kingdoms for Fëanor’s sons.
Doriath: The hidden kingdom of Thingol and Melian.
Ossiriand: The realm of the green elves.
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