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Map of Beleriand
Background Information
Type Elven Realm
Location Northwestern Beleriand
Capital Barad Eithel
Founded/Built YT ?
Ruler High Kings of the Ñoldor
Other Information
Summary Known for being the seat of the well-respected Ñoldor House of Fingolfin
Other names Hísilómë, Hithlaw, Hithlũ[1]
Inhabitants Ñoldor (House of Fingolfin)
Spoken Languages Quenya/Sindarin
Lifespan YT ? - FA 473

Hithlum was the region north of Beleriand which was separated from it by the Ered Wethrin near the Helcaraxë.


The Ered Wethrin ran along the southern and eastern edges of Hithlum and had few passes. The north-western boundary of Hithlum was formed by the Ered Lómin which curved to meet Helcaraxë. The land of Nevrast was separated from Hithlum by the southern part of the Ered Lómin. Nevrast was usually seen as part of Hithlum but more closely resembled the rest of Beleriand. Lammoth lay to the west. Hithlum's climate was cold and wet, however, the soil was quite rich. The Ñoldor made their first landing at the Firth of Drengist and first camped at the shores of Lake Mithrim.[2]


Hithlum became the realm of the ruling Ñoldor living in exile in Middle-earth. Hithlum contained Mithrim and Dor-lómin.[3] Mithrim was the seat of the High Kings of the Ñoldor[4] while Dor-lómin later became a fief of the House of Hador.[5]

During the later part of the First Age, Hithlum was repeatedly attacked by the forces of Morgoth. Hithlum was lost to Morgoth after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. The Men of the House of Hador in Dor-lómin were either scattered, killed, or enslaved, while the Ñoldor of Mithrim who failed to flee were enslaved in Morgoth's mines. When Morgoth betrayed the Easterlings, he imprisoned them in Hithlum.[6]

Hithlum, like the rest of Beleriand, was completely destroyed and sunk during the War of Wrath.[7]


Hithlum is North Sindarin for Mist-shadow after the sea mists that sometimes formed there. The index to the Silmarillion refers to it as meaning Land of Mist. Its Quenya counterpart is Hisilómë and its Sindarin counterpart is Hithlaw or Hithlû.[1]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሒጥሉም
Arabic هيثلوم ?
Armenian Հիտհլւմ
Belarusian Hітhлум
Bengali হিথ্লুম
Bulgarian Хитхлум
Chinese (Hong Kong) 希斯隆
Dari حیتهلوم
Georgian ჰითჰლუმ
Gujarati હિથ્લુમ
Hebrew היתלום
Hindi हिथ्लुम
Kazakh Һітһлұм
Kurdish حیتهلوم
Kyrgyz Hитhлум
Lao ຮິຕຫຣຸມ
Macedonian Хитхлум
Mongolian Hитhлум
Nepali हिथ्लुम
Pashto حیتهلوم
Persian حیتهلوم
Russian Хитлум
Sanskrit हिथ्लुम्
Serbian Хитлум (Cyrillic) Hithlum (Latinised)
Sinhala හිථ්ලුම්
Tajik Ҳитҳлум
Tamil ஹித்ஹ்லும்
Telugu హిథ్లుమ
Tigrinya ሒጥሉም
Ukrainian Гітглум
Urdu حیتهلوم ?
Uyghur خىتھلۇم
Yiddish חיטהלום


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIV: "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XV: "Of the Noldor in Beleriand"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVII: "Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XX: "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  7. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"

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