Places in Middle-earth
Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands
Region: Beleriand & North
Meaning: Land of Echoes
Location: Located in the south of Hithlum, it is enclosed on three sides by mountains. On the west are the Echoing Mountains, Ered Lómin; on the east are the Mountains of Mithrim. The southern border is the Mountains of Shadow, Ered Wethrin. The north is bordered by an unnamed river which flows from Lake Mithrim through the Gate of the Noldor and into the Firth of Drengist.
All of the above is on the Silmarillion map, except for the unnamed river which is described in The Shaping of Middle-earth, Ch IV, The First Silmarillion Map. In Unfinished Tales, Tuor follows a stream across Dor-lómin to the Gate of the Noldor.
Description: There is little description of Dor-lómin.
In The Lays of Beleriand, Turin's Fostering, Tolkien mentions "dark Dorlomin with its dreary pines." Since Dor-lómin was originally conceived as 'Land of the Shadows' which name was eventually given to Hithlum, this may a remnant of an older conception.
Dor-lómin was in the lands ruled by Fingolfin. Hador entered his service, and "Fingolfin therefore gave to him the lordship of Dor-lómin, and into that land he gathered most of the people of his kin, and became the mightiest of the chieftains of the Edain."
The Silmarillion, Ch 17, Of the Coming of Men into the West
Contributors: Lyllyn 2.2.04