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Background Information
Type Fortress
Location Northern Valinor
Ruler Fëanor
Other Information
Other names
Inhabitants House of Fëanor
Spoken Languages Quenya
Lifespan YT 1490 – 1495[1]

Formenos was the stronghold city of the House of Fëanor in the hills north of Valinor in Aman.[2]


After the banishment of Fëanor from Tirion, he and his seven sons went north of Valinor and fortified Formenos. Some of the Ñoldor, including their King Finwë, went with Fëanor. In Formenos, they spent twelve Valian Years (about fifty years of the Sun) in exile.

It was also home to the treasury of Fëanor where he kept the three Silmarils in a chamber of iron. Melkor slew Finwë at the doors of Formenos, before stealing the jewels which led to the Darkening of Valinor.[3]


Formenos is a Quenya word that means "Northern fortress", from formen ("north") and ost ("fortress").[4][5]

Places of Aman

Aman Locations:

Regions of the Valar:

Woods of Oromë | Pastures of Yavanna | Halls of Mandos | Halls of Nienna | Gardens of Lòrien | Wells of Varda | House of Tulkas | Máhanaxar | Two Trees

Other Regions:

Valinor | Eldamar | Tol Eressëa | Undying Lands | Alalminórë | Enchanted Isles | Araman | Avathar | Plain of Valinor | Haerast | Oiomurë

Mountains & Passes:

Pelóri | Túna | Taniquetil | Calacirya | Hyarmentir | Caves of the Forgotten

Bodies of Water:

Bay of Eldamar | Lórellin | Shadowy Seas | Híri | Sirnúmen


Valmar | Tirion | Formenos | Avallonë | Alqualondë | Kortirion | Tavrobel


Cottage of Lost Play | Mindon Eldaliéva | Galathilion | House of Hundred Chimneys | Tower of Avallónë | Tower of Tavrobel | Ilmarin | Bridge of Tavrobel | Ezellohar


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  4. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  5. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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