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Tol Galen

Type: Islands & Coasts

Region: Beleriand & North

Meaning: Green Isle

Location: In Ossiriand, an island in the River Adurant, the southernmost tributary of the Gelion.

Description:

[Between] Ascar in the north and Adurant in the south, and between Gelion and Ered Luin, lay the far green country of Ossiriand, the Land of Seven Rivers. Now at a point nearly midway in its course the stream of Adurant divided and then joined again; and the island that its waters enclosed was named Tol Galen, the Green Isle.

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

At that time Beren and Lúthien yet dwelt in Tol Galen, the Green Isle, in the River Adurant, southernmost of the streams that falling from Ered Lindon flowed down to join with Gelion....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 22, Of the Ruin of Doriath

Then Beren and Lúthien... passed beyond the River Gelion into Ossiriand, and dwelt there in Tol Galen the green isle, in the midst of Adurant, until all tidings of them ceased. The Eldar afterwards called that country Dor Firn-I-Guinar, the Land of the Dead that Live; and there was born Dior Aranel the beautiful....

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


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

calen (galen) the usual Sindarin word for 'green', in Ard-galen, Tol Galen, Calenardhon; also in Parth Galen ('Green Sward') beside Anduin and Pinnath Gelin ('Green Ridges') in Gondor.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors:
Lyllyn 11Oct03
Elena Tiriel 5Dec05, 17Nov09

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