SilmGuide:
Chapter 14
Of Beleriand And Its Realms

The Map Of Beleriand

This is the fashion of the lands into which the Noldor came, in the north of the western regions of Middle-earth, in the ancient days...

JRR Tolkien

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:

BELERIAND’S BOUNDARIES

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.

KEY REALMS

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.

GO DEEPER

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