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Cirith Ninniach

Type: Valleys, Caves, Tunnels

Region: Beleriand & North

Other Names Rainbow Cleft

Location: A westward pass in the Echoing Mountains, Ered Lómin, connecting the highlands of Hithlum and Dor-lómin on the east with the coastal regions around the Firth of Drengist, between Lammoth and Nevrast.


[Tuor] went westwards across Dor-lómin, and found Annon-in-Gelydh, the Gate of the Noldor.... Thence a dark tunnel led beneath the mountains, and issued into Cirith Ninniach, the Rainbow Cleft, through which a turbulent water ran towards the western sea. Thus it was that Tuor's flight from Hithlum was [unseen]....

And Tuor came into Nevrast, and [looked] upon Belegaer the Great Sea....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 23, Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 7Mar10

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