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Brithiach

Type: Fords, Bridges, Crossings

Region: Beleriand & North

Location: The ford over the Sirion north of Brethil and west of Dimbar.

Description:

But when [Aredhel] came to the Ford of Brithiach in the River Sirion she said to her companions: 'Turn now south and not north, for I will not ride to Hithlum; my heart desires rather to find the sons of Fëanor, my friends of old.' And since she could not be dissuaded they turned south as she commanded, and sought admittance into Doriath.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 16, Of Maeglin

'The speediest way is by the paths that lead east from the Brithiach through Dimbar and along the north-march of this kingdom, until you pass the Bridge of Esgalduin and the Fords of Aros, and come to the lands that lie behind the Hill of Himring.'

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 16, Of Maeglin

... [Húrin and Huor] were pursued to the Ford of Brithiach, and there they would have been taken or slain but for the power of Ulmo, that was still strong in Sirion. A mist arose from the river and hid them from their enemies, and they escaped over the Brithiach into Dimbar, and wandered among the hills beneath the sheer walls of the Crissaegrim, until they were bewildered in the deceits of that land and knew not the way to go on or to return.

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

... Beleg departed from Amon Rûdh and set out northward, towards the Crossings of Teiglin, following in the track of the Orcs; and he crossed over the Brithiach and journeyed through Dimbar towards the Pass of Anach. And now he was not far behind them, for... they had tarried on their road... northward; and not even in the dreadful woods of Taur-nu-Fuin did he swerve from the trail....

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

[Húrin] went down therefore from Ered Wethrin...; and crossing over the Brithiach he passed into Dimbar, and came to the dark feet of the Echoriath.

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

... [Húrin] arose, and went back to the Brithiach; and passing along the eaves of Brethil he came at a time of night to the Crossings of Teiglin.

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


Etymology

brith  'gravel' in Brithiach, Brithombar, Brithon.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 24Aug08

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