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Crissaegrim

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Beleriand & North

Location: The southern segment of the Echoriath, which encircles Gondolin; northern boundary of Dimbar; home to the eagles of Thorondor.

Description:

[They] escaped over the Brithiach into Dimbar, and wandered among the hills beneath the sheer walls of the Crissaegrim....

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

[Between] Sirion and Mindeb, lay the empty land of Dimbar under the peaks of the Crissaegrim, abode of eagles.

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

Thorondor came hasting from his eyrie among the peaks of the Crissaegrim....

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

'[You] have seen the peaks of the Crissaegrim far off, and to the east the dark walls of the Gorgoroth. Anach lies between, above the high springs of Mindeb....'

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 21, Of Túrin Turambar

[Húrin] descried far off amid the clouds the peaks of the Crissaegrim...; and he desired to come again to the hidden realm of Gondolin. ... [Crossing] over the Brithiach he passed into Dimbar, and came to the dark feet of the Echoriath. All the land was cold and desolate, and he looked about him with little hope, standing at the foot of a great fall of stones beneath a sheer rock-wall; and he knew not that this was all that was now left to see of the old Way of Escape: the Dry River was blocked, and the arched gate was buried. Then Húrin looked up to the grey sky, thinking that he might once more descry the eagles, as he had done long ago in his youth; but he saw only ... clouds swirling about the inaccessible peaks, and he heard only the wind hissing over the stones.

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

Etymology
ris 'cleave' appears to have blended with the stem kris- of similar meaning (a derivative of the root kir- 'cleave, cut'...); hence Angrist (also Orcrist 'Orc-cleaver', the sword of Thorin Oakenshield), Crissaegrim, Imladris.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 10Jul06

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