Originally, its name referred only to the area around the Bay of Balar , but in time the name was also applied to the entire land. The War of Wrath at the end of the First Age brought the destruction of the entire continent except Lindon , and its descent into the sea. To the west and south, Beleriand had a long coast with the Great Sea Belegaer ; to the north were the highland regions of Hithlum , Dorthonion , and the hills of Himring ; to the east the Blue Mountains reached nearly to the sea. The land of Nevrast in the north-west was sometimes considered part of Beleriand.
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Beleriand S , pron. Originally, the name belonged only to the area around the Bay of Balar , but in time the name was applied to the entire land. In the First Age, Beleriand was among the westernmost lands of Middle-earth. Crossing it east to west was a series of hills and a sudden drop in elevation known as Andram , the Long Wall. The river sank into the ground at the Fens of Sirion , and re-emerged below the Andram at the Gates of Sirion. Only a small section of East Beleriand remained, and was known as Lindon.
All of these together were also mentioned as the Western Isles. Beleriand translates to "The Country of Balar " with the ending -ian d for places and countries. The name Beleriand originally applied only to the region around the Bay of Balar whence the name, before expanded to refer to the wider region.
Properly Beleriand does not refer to the Northlands such as Anfauglith , or the eastern lands of Thargelion ; Nevrast and Dorthonion are "grey areas" . However the term Beleriand is sometimes used collectivelly in fandom to include all those submerged lands. The map of Beleriand as published in The Silmarillion shows only a portion of the region, with few common points to the better-known Third Age Westlands maps of The Lord of the Rings ; the only explicit common references are the Blue Mountains , which formed the boundary between Beleriand and Eriador , and the information that in the Third Age, Lindon was part of Ossiriand that survived Beleriand's destruction at the end of the First Age.
In , Charles Noad  made an attempt to reconstruct a general map of Beleriand and Eriador. Using only the few distance indications from the text of The Silmarillion , Noad's very early attempt is remarkable as it proves very accurate despite being published before Unfinished Tales where the island of Himling was first depicted, with Tol Fuin mentioned westwards and The History of Middle-earth. Ten years later, Ronald E. Kyrmse  independently proposed his own map reconstruction, aligning the isle of Himling with the hill of Himring.
Kyrmse also identified Dolmed on the early map of Beleriand as being the same as a mountain on the Unfinished Tales map depicted slightly apart of the mountain range and north of the wooden area in Forlindon , proving that Dolmed still existed in the Third Age being too far north from the Gulf of Lune to have been destroyed. He might therefore have been the first to discover that Dolmed survived the destruction of Beleriand at the end of the First Age.
In , Karen Wynn Fonstad faced the same problems when she attempted to make a world-map of Arda. She found a solution by combining an early map for The Lord of the Rings published in The Treason of Isengard  and an early map for the Silmarillion published in The Lost Road and Other Writings ,  both being prototypes for the published maps by Christopher Tolkien. She aligned Tol Fuin with Taur-nu-Fuin and Himling with Himring and filled the rest of the outline with some inspiration from the only world-map by Tolkien.
In the early s, Didier Willis independently made the same attempt using the map from Unfinished Tales that shows Himling; the second map of Beleriand, which was published in The War of the Jewels and indicates distances;  and the draft map of the lands east of the Blue Mountains published in The Treason of Isengard , which also indicates distances.
Help ; more articles. Page Talk Edit History. This page was last modified on 28 September , at This page has been accessed , times. Arda , east of Belegaer. West Beleriand , East Beleriand. Men , Elves , Dwarves , Orcs , others. Wars of Beleriand. Images of Beleriand. By Ardamir. Contents 1 Geography 2 Etymology 2.
Map of Beleriand during the First Age - J.R.R. Tolkien
Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North
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