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Location of Aglon
Background Information
Type Pass
Location Between Dorthonion and Himring
Other Information
Other names Pass of Aglon, Gorge of Aglon[1]
Inhabitants Ñoldor
Spoken Languages
Lifespan  ? - First Age
Aglon was a narrow mountain pass located between high walls, between Dorthonion to the west and Himring to the east. It was said that in Aglon "a bitter wind blew"[2] and that it "funneled the north winds".[3]


It was of strategic importance since it joined Himlad and Lothlann, being an eastern passage from Angband to the main Beleriand. It was guarded by Celegorm and Curufin.[4]

Maeglin bade the servants of Eöl's house that he and his mother Aredhel would visit their kin in Aglon.[5] After Aredhel and Maeglin left Nan Elmoth, Eöl rode after them but was captured by the scouts of Aglon and taken to Celegorm and Curufin.[6]

During the Dagor Bragollach in FA 455,[7] the Pass of Aglon was breached and the brothers fled to Nargothrond. Sometime later (around FA 469) Maedhros recovered it, but it was again left unguarded when he fled after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.[8]

As all of Beleriand, it was destroyed in the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age.[9]


The Sindarin name Aglon means "Narrow Pass"[10] from the root agr or agor ("narrow, confined") and lhonn ("strait, pass").[11]


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Two: The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The Last Chapters of the Quenta Silmarillion"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Thematic Maps, "Climate"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIV: "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Three: The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings..., III. Maeglin
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVI: "Of Maeglin"
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  8. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  9. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  10. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  11. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"

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