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Ephel Brandir

Type: Cities, Towns, Settlements

Region: Beleriand & North

Meaning: The encircling fence of Brandir

Location: The settlement of the Haladin of Brethil on Amon Obel in the Forest of Brethil.

Description:

[The] woodmen... bore [Túrin] away to their homes.1 Now those were set in a stockade upon a high place in the forest, Ephel Brandir upon Amon Obel; for the People of Haleth were now dwindled by war, and Brandir son of Handir who ruled them... trusted rather in secrecy than in deeds of war to save them from the power of the North.

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

In the morning they bore Níniel towards Ephel Brandir, and the road went steeply upward towards Amon Obel until it came to a place where it must cross the tumbling stream of Celebros. There a bridge of wood had been built, and below it the stream went over a lip of worn stone, and fell down by many foaming steps into a rocky bowl far below.... [Over] the bridge there was a wide view towards the ravines of Teiglin some two miles to the west.

Unfinished Tales, Part 1, Ch 2, Narn I Hîn Húrin: Nienor in Brethil

[Brandir] came at last to the bridge over Celebros... five leagues2 at the least from [Ephel Brandir].

Unfinished Tales, Part 1, Ch 2, Narn I Hîn Húrin: The Death of Glaurung


Notes
1Now Brethil was claimed as part of his realm by King Thingol, though it was not within the Girdle of Melian, and he would have denied it to Haleth; but Felagund... obtained this grace for her: that she should dwell free in Brethil, upon the condition only that her people should guard the Crossings of Teiglin..., and allow no Orcs to enter their woods.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 17, Of the Coming of Men into the West

2A 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 24Nov09

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