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Barad Eithel

Type: Fortresses, Towers, Defenses

Region: Beleriand & North

Meaning: Tower of the Well

Other Names fortress of Eithel Sirion

Location: The fortress of Fingolfin and Fingon at Eithel Sirion.

Description:

Map of Hithlum.
Hithlum, showing Eithel Sirion where the Noldor built the fortress of Barad Eithel.
[Fingolfin and Fingon's] chief fortress was at Eithel Sirion in the east of Ered Wethrin, whence they kept watch upon Ard-galen; and their cavalry rode upon that plain even to the shadow of Thangorodrim....

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

But the Captain of Morgoth... marched on therefore until the front of his battle was drawn up before the stream of Sirion, from the walls of the fortress of Eithel Sirion to the inflowing of Rivil at the Fen of Serech; and the outposts of Fingon could see the eyes of their enemies.... Then the Captain of Morgoth sent out riders with tokens of parley, and they rode up before the outworks of the Barad Eithel.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 20, Of The Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad


Etymology

barad  'tower' in Barad-dûr, Barad Eithel, Barad Nimras; the plural in Emyn Beraid.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

kel-  'go away', of water 'flow away, flow down', in Celon; from et-kele 'issue of water, spring' was derived, with transposition of the consonants, Quenya ehtele, Sindarin eithel.

Ibid.

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 10Dec07, 14Mar11

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