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Beleriand (Sindarin IPA: [beˈlerjand]) was a region that was located in north-western Middle-earth during the First Age. Originally, the name referred only to the area around the Bay of Balar, but in time the name was also applied to the entire land. The root of the word, Beler/Balar, is believed to refer to the Maia Ossë, who often dwelt at the shores of Balar. The War Of Wrath at the end of the First Age changed that land completely, which is why its shape is not found on any Second or Third Age maps.

Map of Beleriand

Map of the Beleriand


To the west and south, it had a long shore with the Great Sea Belegaer; to the north were the highland regions of Hithlum, Dorthonion, and the hills of Himring; to the east the Ered Luin (Blue Mountains) reached nearly to the sea. The land of Nevrast in the north-west was sometimes considered part of Beleriand.

The River Sirion, the chief river of Beleriand, running north to south, divided it into West Beleriand and East Beleriand. Crossing it east to west was a series of hills and a sudden drop in elevation known as Andram, the Long Wall. (The river sank into the ground at the Fens of Sirion, and reemerged below the Andram at the Gates of Sirion.) To the east of the Long Wall, was the River Gelion with its six tributaries draining the Ered Luin, in an area known as Ossiriand or the Land of Seven Rivers. The River Brithon and the River Nenning were the two lesser rivers of the western land of Falas.

In the year FA 583, Beleriand was mostly destroyed by the War of Wrath of the Valar against Morgoth. Only a small section of East Beleriand remained, and was known as Lindon. (There is however, some evidence that other parts of it still remained into the Second Age but were completely destroyed with the downfall of Númenor.)

In addition, fulfilling a prophecy, the graves of Túrin Turambar and Morwen survived as the island Tol Morwen. Likewise part of Dorthonion became Tol Fuin, and the Hill of Himring became the island of Himling. All of these together were known as the Western Isles.

The final words of Galadriel to Treebeard at their parting at Isengard "Not in Middle-earth, nor until the lands that lie under the wave are lifted up again. Then in the willow-meads of Tasarinan we may meet in the spring. Farewell!" suggests that Beleriand will be recovered from the Sea again, possibly after the Dagor Dagorath in Arda Healed, since it will be like Arda Unmarred but will contain all the good things of Arda Marred.

Etymology Edit

Beleriand had many different names in Tolkien's early writings (see: The History of Middle-earth): Broceliand, Broseliand, Golodhinand, Noldórinan, Geleriand, Bladorinand, Belaurien, Arsiriand, Lassiriand, Ossiriand (the latter was later used as a name for another realm).

This shows a more accurate version of the relationship between Beleriand and the rest of Middle Earth.


Regions and kingdoms of Beleriand:

Cities of Beleriand:

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic بيليرياند
Armenian Բելերիանդ
Belarusian Cyrillic Белеріанд
Bengali বেলেরিঅন্দ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Белерианд
Catalan Beleríand
Chinese (Hong Kong) 貝爾蘭
Croatian Beleriand
Czech Beleriandu
Georgian ბელერიანდ
Greek Βελεριανδ
Gujarati બેલેરિઅન્દ
Hebrew ביליריאנד
Hindi बेलेरिअन्द
Hungarian Beleriand
Japanese 原書
Kannada ಬೇಲೇರಿಯಾನ್ಡ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Белеріанд
Korean 벨레리안드
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Бэлэрианд
Lao ບເຣເrິະນດ ?
Macedonian Cyrillic Белерианд
Marathi भेलेरिअन्द
Mongolian Cyrillic Белерианд
Pashto بېلېریاند
Persian بلریاند
Russian Белерианд
Sanskrit बेलेरिअन्द्
Sinhalese බෙලෙරිඅඳ්
Tajik Cyrillic Белерианд
Thai เบเลริอันด์
Tibetan བེལེརིཨནྡ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Белеріанд
Urdu بیلیریانڈ
Uyghur بەلەرىاند


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