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Tol Fuin

Type: Islands & Coasts

Region: Arnor/Eriador/Lindon

Meaning: Island of Gloom

Location: An island to the west of the Isle of Himling; all that remains of the highlands of Dorthonion after the Sinking of Beleriand.

Description:

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..., and though the fact is nowhere referred to it is clear that Himring's top rose above the waters that covered drowned Beleriand. Some way to the west of it was a larger island named Tol Fuin, which must be the highest part of Taur-nu-Fuin.

Unfinished Tales, Introduction


Etymology
tol 'isle' (rising with sheer sides from the sea or from a river) in Tol Eressëa, Tol Galen, etc.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

fuin 'gloom, darkness' (Quenya huine) in Fuinur, Taur-nu-Fuin.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 12Dec09

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