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Falls of Sirion

Type: Rivers & Lakes

Region: Beleriand & North

Location: The great waterfall where the Sirion reaches the Andram, the Long Wall, south of of the Fens of Sirion; the river passes through underground tunnels until it emerges at the Gates of Sirion at the foot of the Andram.

Description:

Map of the Sirion.
The Sirion River and its tributaries, showing the Falls of Sirion at the Andram.
Beren passed through Doriath unhindered, and came at length to the region of the Twilight Meres, and the Fens of Sirion; and... he climbed the hills above the Falls of Sirion, where the river plunged underground with great noise. Thence he looked westward, and... saw Talath Dirnen, the Guarded Plain....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 19, Of Beren and Lúthien

[South] of Aelin-uial the land fell suddenly and steeply; and all the lower fields of Sirion were divided from the upper fields by this fall.... But some twenty-five leagues 1 east of the gorge of Nargothrond Sirion fell from the north in a mighty fall below the Meres, and then he plunged suddenly underground into great tunnels that the weight of his falling waters delved; and he issued again three leagues southward... through rocky arches... which were called the Gates of Sirion.

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


Notes
1A league is approximately three of our miles.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Appendix, Númenórean Linear Measures

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 10Dec07, 30Jul10

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