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Cobas Haven

Type: Seas, Oceans, Bays

Region: Gondor

Location: A small, landlocked bay off the immense Bay of Belfalas; it lies between the mouth of the Morthond River and the promontory of Dol Amroth.

Description:

Map of Belfalas.
Belfalas, showing Cobas Haven north of the promontory of Dol Amroth.
These four [read: three] rivers [Ringló, Kiril, 1 Morthond, and Calenhir 2] join together not far from the coast, and flow (as Morthond...) into the sea in the bay north of Dol Amroth, which is named Cobas Haven.

The Treason of Isengard, HoME Vol 7, Ch 15, The First Map of the Lord of the Rings

In the Langstrand and Dol Amroth there were many traditions of the ancient Elvish dwellings, and of [Edhellond,] the haven at the mouth of the Morthond from which 'westward ships' had sailed as far back as the fall of Eregion in the Second Age.

Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 4, The History of Galadriel and Celeborn: Notes, Note 18


Etymology
Cobas Haven:  cf. Kopas Alqalunte in The Book of Lost Tales (I.257 and Index). In the Etymologies (V.364-5) Quenya kopa 'harbour, bay' was given under the stem KOP, but this entry was replaced by a stem KHOP, whence Quenya hopa, Noldorin hobas, as in Alfobas = Alqualondë.

The Treason of Isengard, HoME Vol 7, Ch 15, The First Map of the Lord of the Rings: Notes, Note 10

KHOP-  Q hopa haven, harbour, small landlocked bay; hopasse harbourage. N hub; hobas, cf. Alfobas or hobas in Elf = Alqalonde 1 capital of the Teleri.

The Lost Road and Other Writings, HoME Vol 5, Part 3, The Etymologies


Notes
1This text is from one of Tolkien's early drafts; the name is an earlier version of the proper name as published in The Lord of the Rings.
2In the final geography this configuration remains, although Calenhir is lost.

The Treason of Isengard, HoME Vol 7, Ch 15, The First Map of the Lord of the Rings

Contributors:
Lyllyn 7Sep03
Elena Tiriel 13Sep11

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