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Maglor's Gap

Type: Valleys, Caves, Tunnels

Region: Beleriand & North

Location: A narrow gap between the Hills of Maedhros, extending east from Himring, and those extending west from the Blue Mountains at Mount Rerir; part of the area protected by Maglor; the easternmost of the three gateways into Beleriand from the North.

Description:

Between the arms1 of Gelion was the ward of Maglor, and here in one place the hills failed altogether: there it was that the Orcs came into East Beleriand before the Third Battle. Therefore the Noldor held strength of cavalry in the plains at that place; and the people of Caranthir fortified the mountains to the east of Maglor's Gap. There Mount Rerir, and about it many lesser heights, stood out from the main range of Ered Lindon westward....

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

Orcs poured forth across the plain of Ard-galen. Thence... they burst through the land of Maglor, in the gap between the hills of Maedhros and the outliers of the Blue Mountains. But Fingolfin and Maedhros... defeated the servants of Morgoth....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

[For] a while [Maedhros] closed once more the Pass of Aglon, so that the Orcs could not enter Beleriand by that road. But they overwhelmed the riders of the people of Fëanor upon Lothlann, for Glaurung came thither, and passed through Maglor's Gap, and destroyed all the land between the arms of Gelion.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 18, Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin


Notes
1Gelion... rose in two sources and had at first two branches; Little Gelion that came from the Hill of Himring, and Greater Gelion that came from Mount Rerir.

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

Contributors:
Lyllyn 1Feb05
Elena Tiriel 15Dec09

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