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Mithrim

Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands

Region: Beleriand & North

Meaning: grey host

Location: The southeastern region of Hithlum, surrounding Lake Mithrim; bounded by Ered Wethrin and the Mountains of Mithrim; site of the Dagor-nuin-Giliath.

Description: ... the host of Fëanor ... passed ... into the great land of Hithlum; and they came at length to the long lake of Mithrim, and upon its northern shore made their encampment in the region that bore the same name. But the host of Morgoth ... assailed Fëanor on a sudden...; and there on the grey fields of Mithrim was fought the Second Battle in the Wars of Beleriand. ... The Noldor ... were yet swiftly victorious.... The Orcs fled before them, and they were driven forth from Mithrim with great slaughter, and hunted over the Mountains of Shadow into the great plain of Ard-galen....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

Now rumour came to the camp in Hithlum of the march of Fingolfin and those that followed him, who had crossed the Grinding Ice; and all the world lay then in wonder at the coming of the Moon. But as the host of Fingolfin marched into Mithrim the Sun rose flaming in the West; and Fingolfin unfurled his blue and silver banners, and blew his horns, and flowers sprang beneath his marching feet, and the ages of the stars were ended.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

But Fingolfin ... turned back towards Mithrim, for ... he desired also to have the shield of the Mountains of Shadow while his people rested and grew strong.... Therefore coming at length to Hithlum he made his first camp and dwelling by the northern shores of Lake Mithrim.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

Fingolfin and Fingon his son held Hithlum, and the most part of Fingolfin's folk dwelt in Mithrim about the shores of the great lake; to Fingon was assigned Dor-lómin, that lay to the west of the Mountains of Mithrim.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 14, Of Beleriand and Its Realms

Now in Mithrim there dwelt Grey-elves, folk of Beleriand that had wandered north over the mountains, and the Noldor met them with gladness, as kinsfolk long sundered....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

In the pits of Angband [Morgoth] caused vast smokes and vapours to be made, and they came forth from the reeking tops of the Iron Mountains, and afar off they could be seen in Mithrim, staining the bright airs in the first mornings of the world. A wind came out of the east, and bore them over Hithlum, darkening the new Sun; and they fell, and coiled about the fields and hollows, and lay upon the waters of Mithrim, drear and poisonous.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

Sindar The Grey-elves. ... The Noldor may have devised this name because the first Elves of this origin whom they met with were in the north, under the grey skies and mists about Lake Mithrim....

The Silmarillion, Index of Names

Etymology

Mithrim ... The name was originally that of the Sindarin Elves who dwelt there. ...

The Silmarillion, Index of Names

mith 'grey' in Mithlond, Mithrandir, Mithrim; also in Mitheithel, the river Hoarwell in Eriador. ...

rim 'great number, host' (Quenya rimbe) was commonly used to form collective plurals, as Golodhrim, Mithrim..., Naugrim, Thangorodrim, etc.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 10Dec05

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