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Sinking of Beleriand

Event Type: Environment/Disease

Age: 1st Age

Year: 0597


An event in the aftermath of the War of Wrath; see that entry for an overview:
In the Great Battle and the tumults of the fall of Thangorodrim there were mighty convulsions in the earth, and Beleriand was broken and laid waste; and northward and westward many lands sank beneath the waters of the Great Sea.

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

[So] great was the fury... that the northern regions of the western world were rent asunder, and the sea roared in through many chasms, and there was confusion and great noise; and rivers perished or found new paths, and the valleys were upheaved and the hills trod down; and Sirion was no more.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath

Lands that Survived the Sinking of Beleriand
Lindon was a remnant of central Ossiriand:

In the east [of Beleriand], in Ossiriand, the walls of Ered Luin were broken, and a great gap was made in them towards the south, and a gulf of the sea flowed in. Into that gulf the River Lhûn fell by a new course, and it was called therefore the Gulf of Lhûn. That country had of old been named Lindon by the Noldor, and this name it bore thereafter; and many of the Eldar still dwelt there, lingering, unwilling yet to forsake Beleriand where they had fought and laboured long....

Upon the shores of the Gulf of Lhûn the Elves built their havens, and named them Mithlond....

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Now... the sea covered all that was left save some of the mountains that remained as islands....

The Lost Road and Other Writings, HoME Vol 5, Part 1, Ch 2, The Fall of Númenor

Tol Morwen was a remnant of Cabed Naeramarth in the Forest of Brethil:

It is told that a seer and harp-player of Brethil named Glirhuin made a song, saying that the Stone of the Hapless should not be defiled by Morgoth nor ever thrown down, not though the Sea should drown all the land; as after indeed befell, and still Tol Morwen stands alone in the water beyond the new coasts that were made in the days of the wrath of the Valar.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 22, Of the Ruin of Doriath

The island of Himling was a remnant of the Hill of Himring:

I [Christopher Tolkien] have shown [on the map of Eriador] the little island of Himling off the far north-western coast, which appears on one of my father's sketch-maps and on my own first draft. Himling was the earlier form of Himring (the great hill on which Maedhros son of Fëanor had his fortress in The Silmarillion), and though the fact is nowhere referred to it is clear that Himring's top rose above the waters that covered drowned Beleriand.

Unfinished Tales, Introduction

The island of Tol Fuin was a remnant of the highland of Dorthonion:

Some way to the west of [Himling] was a larger island named Tol Fuin, which must be the highest part of Taur-nu-Fuin.

Unfinished Tales, Introduction

Elena Tiriel 24Jun04, 12Dec09

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